Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Curriculum Division Officers say students receive too much homework

Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan (back facing camera) in discussions with school supervisors from the Port-of-Spain and Environs Education District Office.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan (back facing camera) in discussions with school supervisors from the Port-of-Spain and Environs Education District Office.

Curriculum Division Officers are raising issue with the amount of homework some teachers give to students on a daily basis.

They made the comments during a meeting between Education Minister Anthony Garcia and a team of officials at the Port-of-Spain and St George East Education District Offices on Wednesday.

The officers echoed similar sentiments expressed by the Minister in conversations he had with members of the media in recent times, about issues regarding homework and the weight of schoolbags.

The curriculum division officers said many times homework is left uncorrected.

They also noted that teachers have a heavy dependence on textbooks as opposed to finding alternative and creative ways to teach. 

This, they highlighted, contributes to high levels of underperformance in students.

The curriculum division officers also elaborated on plans that they have to guide teachers in more effective ways of curriculum delivery to increase the levels of literacy, numeracy and penmanship at the nation’s schools.

The Education Ministry issued a release following the meeting, describing the consultation as "fruitful".

The statement added that while there is much work being done at the school and by the representatives from the district offices, more must be done to create a greater synergy between the two.

During the visits at the two offices, the Minister was taken through the activities that the school supervisors, curriculum offices and student support staff have been engaging in within the schools of their districts.

At the district offices, there are representatives of departments such as School Supervision and Management; Curriculum, Planning and Development and Student Support Services.

They all form a District Leadership Team responsible for the management of curriculum implementation, administration, discipline, guidance and additional components that make for a high-quality school environment in all seven education districts.

The Minister and executives of the Ministry lauded the District Office Representatives on their resilience and commitment to work even with challenging resources such as limited space.

Minister Garcia expressed his contentment with the work being done by these officers and will be continuing visits to the remaining five offices in the coming weeks.

The seven education district offices are Port of Spain and Environs, St George East, North Eastern, Caroni, Victoria, St Patrick and South Eastern.

 

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