As an educator, it pains me to see the way pupils who are slow learners are not catered for in our education system. The system of education is breeding frustration, as can be seen by recent outbursts of anger from pupils and possibly educators as well.
This is not the time to cast aspersions but if we are seeking solutions, there may be viable causes. While the Ministry of Education continues to make strides in the education and assistance of learners of varying aptitudes, the resources available to schools simply do not cut it.
If a government wants to see a better nation, investing in the nearest, most tangible aspect of our future, the pupils, is the most prudent way to go.
Slow learners, remedial students and others with a plethora of various learning disabilities challenge the education system and there may well be a co-relation between learning challenges and behavioural problems.
It’s time for the Government to not only say they care from a podium while looking for accolades. If a government cares, then the young ones who are struggling would be catered for.
We need proper assessments for pupils who are having challenges at school. After such, the right remedial measures must be implemented. Only when the right assessment is done, can the right remediation be administered.
If you go to the doctor for a cough and you are treated for diarrhoea, you will still have the cough. It’s the same with our education system.
If the right assessment isn’t done, the right diagnostic isn’t done and all are treated for one thing. The doctor might as well send home all the patients with paracetamol.
A teacher can teach one class but may not be qualified or experienced in assessment for these various learning problems and students that struggle. Administering the right solutions is vital. If not, the teacher may not be helping and in fact may be making matters worse.
This is a cry for help. Help the new generation. Reach out to the pupils that have learning challenges.
Get the right assessment by those qualified and let us put more resources in helping these young minds.
Imagine the anger in them when the education system fails. Now we see why the society is getting the way it is. If we continue along this road then we all know what will happen.