What are the challenges facing the efficient school management and teaching?
Efficient school management and teaching –learning programs can not be achieved with the absence of proper management (Ajayi, 2004). Administrators normally find this as an uphill task, because for them to effectively manage the school they must have proper innovation and flexible schedules to facilitate the teaching process. This calls for policy makers at the district level to incorporate in the 5-year education plan, policies that can create avenues for meeting the challenges within the working settings. This advocacy paper addresses some of the issues desired to be included in the education plan for the district.
The challenges facing the working environment
Currently, the learning and teaching environment is experiencing various challenges which are making the whole process of impacting knowledge to the students difficult. The learning resources are currently out of date. The teachers and the students are currently in need of updated books to instill students with current and fresh knowledge. The schools are depending highly on the old syllabus books for providing guidance to the students. This is an appeal to the district administrators to factor in, this serious and most urgent need for the teachers to effectively perform their duty.
Second, the time allocated by policy makers for the elementary classes is too little. This does not give the teachers enough time to cover the syllabus in time. The 5 year plan that is in the progress of formulation, must factor in development of local and flexible programmes in the curriculum (Smith, 2002) the curriculum being set must not be too rigid but must provide room to accommodate exploration and creativity to enhance efficient delivery of services.
Moreover, a number of schools in the district have low class capacity to accommodate the ever increasing number of students. This has been a great challenge to the administrators in their efforts to enhance delivery of knowledge. The classrooms are either too small for the high number of students or they are in poor conditions which urgently need renovation. The morale among the teachers and the students eventually is lowered as to affect the knowledge delivery. The schools affected are appealing to the district to address this challenge in the on coming 5 year plan for the district. The classroom is the heart of the school and hence all people inside the classroom need to interact well. Therefore to have the joy of learning and impacting knowledge the class must be in good order and shape to accommodate the intelligence level (Senge et al., 2000)
Furthermore, change of time is progressing with the change of technology. Technology is required in the current learning process to move with the changing times. The schools require effective communicational strategies to effectively converse with the students, members of the community, and the subordinates and superiors (Senge, et al., 2000). Internet is required, computers are needed in the schools, and telephones, fax and telex are also needed. Printers are required for efficiency of exam setting and production. These facilities are not available in the schools. How can learners receive beneficial knowledge and information? As it is commonly known that knowledge is power; the power can not be achieved if these vital facilities lack in the teaching environment. This is a wake up call for drastic steps to be taken by the district policy makers to come to their realization that without the success of the students then they will have failed in their duties.
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