‘Raise your lev­els of per­for­mance’

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ASHNA KUMAR ashna.kumar@fi­jisun.com.fj

Raise your level of per­for­mance to meet your ex­pec­ta­tions, says Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion Iowane Tiko.

He told the lead­ers of Catholic Schools dur­ing the Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Board Con­fer­ence, “As lead­ers, please don’t lower your ex­pec­ta­tions to meet your per­for­mance, but raise your level of per­for­mance to meet your ex­pec­ta­tions. Ex­pect the best of your­self, your teach­ers, and es­pe­cially your stu­dents and do what is nec­es­sary to make it a re­al­ity.” The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­sti­tuted re­forms to raise the stan­dard of stu­dents, teach­ers and schools. Mr Tiko said per­for­mance stood out like a ton of di­a­monds and non – per­for­mance can al­ways be ex­plained away. “As par­ents and teach­ers, you may need to get your teach­ers to fo­cus on the spe­cific aca­demic needs of each stu­dent as when the sub­jects fol­low a fo­cused agenda, it will pro­vide stu­dents with the abil­ity to achieve in a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject mat­ter,” he said. “We as lead­ers will need to mo­ti­vate our teach­ers to show pas­sion for the sub­ject they teach and this will help en­cour­age stu­dent achieve­ment.” Mr Tiko in­tro­duced the term, “Strate­gic Tu­tor­ing”, in the Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Board con­fer­ence which will have, for ex­am­ple, a teacher work­ing with a stu­dent who strug­gles with read­ing who may fo­cus on com­pre­hen­sion, def­i­ni­tion and sound­ing of words. “As lead­ers, we have been through the same stages as our chil­dren, so it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to try and re­call some of the strate­gies we were taught by our teach­ers,” Mr Tiko said. Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

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