Analysis of registries gives educators good grades for punctuality
Tyrone Reid, Senior Staff Reporter
An analysis conducted by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) has given teachers two thumbs up for punctuality and attendance.
After scouring data gathered from the 205 primary and secondary schools that were inspected in round four of the inspectorate's drive between September 2011 and March 2012, the NEI inspectors found that most teachers, 82 per cent, arrived at school on time, while 93 per cent of the schools under review had satisfactory teacher attendance.
"The National Education Inspectorate observes the use of time as a resource during the inspection of schools. To this end, data on attendance and punctuality are gathered by the inspectors from logbooks, attendance registers and through general observations," read a section of the NEI Analysis of the Use of Resources (Time).
Shirlee Morgan, research manager at the NEI, agreed that this was a welcome bit of news for the ailing public-school system.
"It is good news. It validates what we had in our heads before. We have situations that are really unpleasant but some teachers go beyond the call of duty," said Morgan.
He added: "There are situations where only bikes traverse the terrain and the teachers still make their way there on time."
No blame game
Maureen Dwyer, CEO and chief inspector at the NEI, used the opportunity to iterate that the NEI is not interested in a blame game, but assessing and analysing the data with a view to improve the quality of instruction delivered to the students.
The NEI explained that the rationale for observing the use of time as a resource is based on the fact that each student should be afforded a designated amount of instructional time from teachers.
"Consequently, based on the calculated number of contact hours that should be used to deliver instruction to students, each teacher is not only required to be present at school, but to be present on time," read another section of the NEI report.
The NEI boss emphasised that it was of paramount importance that students receive the stipulated number of contact hours.
"Since we have the guarantees, we want to ensure that we are living up to those minimum standards. Overall, it is a question of time management and its impact on students' learning," said Dwyer.
The NEI also pointed out that the other element of punctuality which relates to the transition between classes is not represented in the analysis provided to our news team.
The data supplied by the NEI also showed that in most schools where teacher punctuality was satisfactory or above, teachers were noted to have "good" punctuality.
"There were notable instances of teachers arriving exceptionally early in 18 of the schools inspected during this period. These include Cooper's Hill Primary, Priory Primary and Infant, and Roehampton Primary," the report revealed.