EDUCATING a child is a shared responsibility.
That should be understood by everyone who is involved in a child’s learning.
Every child has the right to education, but that right has to be fulfilled through practical application of responsibilities by the individual child, parents, teachers, school administration, community members and the Government.
Most times, we are quick to blame teachers when things go wrong.
Yes, teachers are a very important in our children’s education.
A teacher should have proper qualifications and the right attitude in order to teach children.
He/she should be equipped with skills and knowledge in teaching, including planning and programming, draw up lesson plans, preparation of teaching aids, ensuring the proper delivery of lessons in the classroom and management of a class.
School administrations should ensure all teaching and learning activities are in order and ensure actual teaching is implemented according to the timetable by the assigned teachers.
Communities should support the school, teachers and children.
The Government should ensure tuition fee free (TFF) payments are done on time.
Schools’ teaching and learning materials should be purchased on time.
The law and justice sector (police and courts) should be protecting our children from issues that might affect their wellbeing and education. When you look at the various components that underpin a child’s education and how they are connected, the teacher is seen as a core component, but the real value of a teacher can be easily seen when all parties work together.
Everyone should know their responsibility towards our children’s education and ensure they do their part in contributing to their education.
Failure can only be noticed if one or two of the components are not functioning.
Jack Anis Kukiwa,