SECONDARY schools in Central province have reached another milestone with the official launching of the School Learning Improvement Plan (SLIP) for 2010-12 at the Laloki High School yesterday.
The SLIP programme is an initiative of the Education Department to help tackle issues by exclusive collaborative planning with all stakeholders involved in identifying students’ weaknesses and transforming schools now to where they are supposed to be heading.
It promotes transparency and accountability and everyone has a say, even students have a voice that needs to be addressed in the plan for tangible results.
On hand yesterday to officiate at the launching of the SLIP programme were the Central administrator Raphael Yibmaramba, provincial education adviser Titus Romano Hatagen, senior standard officer Paul Ainui and regional director education standard division and southern region Annemarie Kona and other guests.
Mr Yibmaramba said the SLIP plan came about because of the National Strategic Plan for 2010-50 by the Education Department.
He said that students must take ownership of the SLIP and make it work in their respective schools to raise the bar in the standard of education in Central province which had drop this year compared to previous years.
Meanwhile, Mr Hatagen gave credit to the senior standard officer Mr Ainui for taking the lead in carrying out workshops on the SLIP.
He said as a result of his determination on the groundwork, it was now being launched in all secondary schools.
He said the SLIP could be changed within three years and also be able to measure a target in the school to see changes.
“While we are trying to embark on the success of education, I suggest that we should also consider the performance of students by providing safe and healthy facilities such as the ablution blocks, classrooms and dormitories,” he said.
Mr Hatagen thanked the students who were there as they were part of the SLIP and their attendance made the celebration a meaningful one.
On the other hand, the man behind the success of the implementation of the SLIP in all secondary schools, Mr Ainui, expressed satisfaction that finally SLIP was in all schools since its workshop held last year.
“There is a need to create effective schools, and SLIP is the way forward and I thank all the head teachers and support of parents and the community,” he said.