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What is the responsibility of the community to a school?

Even as we tend to think that the government is the overall watchdog over our schools in the respective areas in counties, we also have a role to play as far as the management of schools is concerned. So before we blame the government for failing to take action in this issue or that, we need to ask ourselves if we have done our part as the community.

I have seen situations where parents of certain schools that have performed poorly in national examinations take matters into their own hands and forcibly evict and chase awat the head teacher from the school.

But the question is why the parents had to wait for such a long time in order to take action with the excuse of poor performance? That’s why there is Board of Management (BOM) which consists of us in the community and as such parents make direct contributions when it comes to making vital decisions concerning learning of the school.

Let there be dialogue between the parents and teachers so as to know if the progress of learning is moving on smoothly.

This means we should have noted something is not going on well as far as performance is concerned and such an issue should be raised in school meetings.

Silence means nothing and so if parents identify a mistake but chose to remain mum, then they are to blame for taking no action. The same parents know whether the teachers have been serious with teaching like for a case I heard a parent lamenting that teachers in his home school attend at school at their own leisure.

In such a case, something ought to be done to rectify such situations. Remember prevention is better than cure. This means it’s better to act well in advance than to wait for poor performance to react angrily blaming the head teacher.

Teachers getting a new pay deal

KENYA… The stalemate of teachers not getting their proposed pay hike dates back to 1997 when they took part in a nationwide strike that saw them paralyze learning in all public schools and even interrupted secondary schools mock examinations. That was during President Moi’s regime and still teachers went back to class without exactly getting what they had hoped for. So the truth of the matter is no preceding regimes have been serious in honoring the wishes of our respected teachers.

But just a few days ago, I heard in the news a politician allied to the opposition promising to pay the teachers their pay ninety days after the coalition comes into power. He went ahead that the teachers should vote in the opposition during the next general election come 2017. We all know that when the deal is too good, think twice but I think at times our yearning for greener pastures makes us to have reservations for some good deals at hand. Imagining teachers have been getting a raw deal for such a long time and all of a sudden there are some hopes at the end of the tunnel so may be someone will after all put this into consideration.

I have heard a number of people claiming that teachers form a core in the education sector since everyone including the president has passed through a teacher to be where they are. So we all know teachers are entitled to better pay for a job well done.

I remember during the last year’s teachers strike, the opposition declared to continue showing solidarity for the teachers. So after the politician’s sentiments, the opposition better be serious about the teachers pay and let’s hope they are not only eyeing a win in the 2017 elections. But whatever the case, no one wants to see a recycle of very sweet deals for only being elected to the high office.

Teacher’s Responsibilities to Students

School is part of our children’s life and a way to see them through growth and development for the purpose of education to gain knowledge. Therefore, every parent vests their trust to the teacher who is always with their children when they are learning. It is obvious that when the lids are not at home, they are at school with the teachers.

Children as young as three years are taken to school to start with the baby class. All credit goes to our teachers who make our small children learn to read and write a task, which is, challenges but with the teacher’s know how, the child is set to gain the knowledge.

So as a parent, it’s good to make sure that your child attends school and the learning is left to the teacher. First, a teacher is responsible for planning the subjects that children are supposed to cover in a term as set out by the Ministry of Education.

The teacher also makes a plan for teaching classes giving more priority to subjects, which require a bit of attention.

Then after each learning day, the teacher has to make sure to give students assignments that are meant to make them to understand the topic better. Then follow up to establish if it has been well understood.

Such assignments make the teacher to be able to get the weak points that students may be having and encouraging them to work hard in order to be successful.

The teacher can also set monthly revision questions in order to establish if the students have mastered the subject well.

The teachers also have the task of offering counseling sessions to the students’ in order for them to know what it is to behave as it’s expected of them and also respecting everybody else.