Teach­ers urged to pro­file learn­ers ac­cord­ing to their tal­ents

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Supplement - Clin­ton Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

TEACH­ERS have been en­cour­aged to pro­file all learn­ers ac­cord­ing to their tal­ents so as to af­ford them the op­por­tu­nity to be self-re­liant in the mod­ern-day world.

Speak­ing at a prize-giv­ing day cer­e­mony at North­lea High School in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day, Bu­l­awayo act­ing provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Mrs Olicah Kaira said teach­ers should iden­tify learn­ers’ tal­ents so that they equip them with the nec­es­sary skills that will en­able them to be self-re­liant.

“May I en­cour­age teach­ers to pro­file all learn­ers re­ceiv­ing ed­u­ca­tion ac­cord­ing to their tal­ents. No child should be left be­hind. They are all ca­pa­ble. Let us tap into their in­no­va­tive­ness and al­low them to demon­strate their knowl­edge and skills in man­i­cure, pedi­cure, poul­try, pig­gery and com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture. When they exit school they should be able to stand on their own and par­ents should re­alise the fruits of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” said Mrs Kaira.

This comes af­ter Zim­babwe adopted a new cur­ricu­lum dur­ing the be­gin­ning of the year. The new cur­ricu­lum seeks to im­prove the qual­ity and rel­e­vance of the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem so as to open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ers to be skil­ful and in­no­va­tive.

Heap­ing praises on the newlyadopted cur­ricu­lum Mrs Kaira said; “The new cur­ricu­lum is guided by the cur­ricu­lum frame­work 2015-2017 where em­pha­sis has shifted from con­tent-based teach­ing and learn­ing to com­pe­tency-driven learn­ing to cap­i­talise on emerg­ing eco­nomic and cul­tural needs.”

North­lea High school head­mas­ter Mr Peter Gam­biza said it was easy for the school to im­ple­ment the up­dated cur­ricu­lum since the school had al­ready been chang­ing with times.

“It was easy for the school to im­ple­ment the up­dated cur­ricu­lum which is tar­get­ing Form Ones, Three and Lower Sixth since the school had al­ready been chang­ing with times. All our teach­ers have been staff de­vel­oped to han­dle the up­dated cur­ricu­lum. Our de­part­ments are also be­ing pre­pared to han­dle the up­dated cur­ricu­lum,” said Mr Gam­biza.

He said the school, which is the reign­ing provin­cial cham­pi­ons in the Un­der-17 and Un­der-20 hand­ball boys’ teams, con­tin­ues to ex­cel in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

The school had some of its learn­ers rep­re­sent­ing the province at na­tional level in dif­fer­ent sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We had Robin Mhem­bere rep­re­sent­ing us in the Un­der-20 girls rugby, Za­mani Moyo in the Un­der14 boys ten­nis, Gareth Jenk­ins in the Un­der-20 boys hand­ball and Beangt­sepo Mazhale in the Un­der-18 boys bas­ket­ball,” he said.

He added that it was pleas­ing to note that the trend in the pass rate was also in­creas­ing.

“Our Or­di­nary Level pass rate has also risen from 19 per­cent in 2014 to 38 per­cent in 2015 and to 22 per­cent in 2016. The Ad­vanced Level pass rate also rose from 70,1 per­cent to 80 per­cent in 2015 and to 85 per­cent in 2016,” he said.

Bu­l­awayo Act­ing Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor Mrs Olicah Kaira hands over a cer­tifi­cate of 45 years of ser­vice to North­lea High School non-teach­ing staff Mr Bishop Sibanda who is a chef dur­ing the school’s speech and prize-giv­ing day at the school on Fri­day Par­ents fol­low pro­ceed­ings dur­ing the speech and prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony

THE Deputy Head of North­lea High Mrs Makan­yara Martha Chin­hara (left) and other staff mem­bers pose for a pic­ture at the school’s front of­fice

North­lea High head­mas­ter Mr Peter Bekithemba Gam­biza (right) con­grat­u­lates Maria Mguni (left) while Reigate district Schools In­spec­tor Mr Chad Mh­laba hands over a gift for be­ing the best Ad­vanced Level Maths stu­dent

North­lea pupils cheer oth­ers dur­ing the speech and prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony

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