PROGRESSIVE STUDENT MOVEMENT CALLS FOR PERMANENT ADJUSTMENTS IN LEARNER ATTENDANCE AND GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY BASED TUTORS
The novel Coronavirus is an issue that seems to be persistent and will be with us for quite some time. This then doesn’t need our government to be too comfortable in this regard.
With the possibility of a third wave looming or just in the genesis, there needs to be changes or adjustments that are pivotal. We therefore call on the Department of Basic Education to consider adopting rotational attendance across the board aswell as to prioritize home schooling. We need to desist from being a reactive bureaucracy and start being more proactive. Coronavirus is here to be our widow for some time, governments need to be innovative and resolute.
Progressive Student Movement believes that enforcing rotational attendance might be a solution to most of the challenges faced in schools including overcrowded classes which in most cases contribute to learners poor concentration and health hazards. We believe rotational attendance can be adjusted to accomodate all learmers with following options:
1. Day break rotation: With learners sharing the day, first group attending from 08:00am to 12:00pm then second group attending from 13:00 to 17:00pm(Preferably Senior Grades).
2. Weekly Rotation: Government to mantain the current weekly rotational scahedule with more adjustments and support for homeworks.
3. Home schooling: The department to provide urgent training for township and rural based communities/parents to implement a home schooling approach.
4. Practical phase: Learners who should be home during rotation can be taken into skill development centres for training and practicals to enhance their skills in their respective fields. Unlike having learners galavanting around the streets the department in collaboration with sister departments can accomodate them for practical lessons. This will help learners to be equipped with both practical and theoretical skills after school.
We understand that with the current rotational approach most of rural and township based learners find it difficult to contain the pressure brought upon by the syllabus, therefore we call upon the government to set aside funds for community based tutors and education organizations to assist with outstanding lessons and tutoring lessons for learners affected by the rotational approach. The scope of the organizations should also be extended into monitoring the learners who will not be attending classes during the rotation.
PSM belives that its time education is taken back to communities like in major countries like the United States of America and China, were communities play active roles in educating the youth. Further we belive that this space allows the government to also enforce systematic changes in the education sector.