OBE does work, says lecturer

National, Normal

The National – Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DESPITE the negativities regarding the outcomes-based education (OBE) system, it has worked in some schools around the country, an academic has said.
Senior lecturer at Kabaleo Teachers College Michael Andrews said the system might be working but children’s educational aims had to be fulfilled.
Henry made the comments during the 10th graduation ceremony of Grade 8 students at Navunaram Primary School in the Central Gazelle LLG area.
Henry said despite the negativity levelled against OBE, teachers should commit themselves and place the students’ interest first.
He urged the parents to continue providing the support that their children need in pursuing their educational careers.
Andrews said parents should provide time for their children to study at home and also have a hand in their
spiritual, physical and social development, adding that parents were the first role models of their children and should live by good examples from their homes.
School headmaster Edward Meraweka said despite facing a lot of problems during the year, the school managed to hold through till the academic year ended.
A total of 79 students graduated this year with 35 students making it through high and secondary schools while 44 will try and secure places at technical and vocational schools.
Deputy headmaster Paul Baroro said overall the students did exceptionally well but added that it was not the best performance this year.
 Dux of the school was awarded to David Tikatikan from Malmaluan Village with the runner-up awarded to Philip Kuamin Jr who missed out by a point to David.
Prizes were not awarded to one Grade 8 class for their performance during the year because their teacher was not present during the graduation.
This brought about a lot of complaints from parents who said it was unfair to the students because it was their special day.
Students graduated with attainment certificates and were told to return to the school this week to collect their examination certificates.