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School administrators focusing more on resources than teaching and learning - report

Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 | 8:23 am Comments 0
A student looks on as a teacher points to information on a whiteboard. - File photo
A student looks on as a teacher points to information on a whiteboard. - File photo

The Education ministry says the latest National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report has shown school administrators seem to be focusing more on acquiring resources than on teaching and learning.

The report says this focus on resources has restricted creativity and innovation, and has led to a situation where there is greater emphasis on what is lacking than on what can be done with what is available.

While acknowledging that some institutions are inadequately resourced, the NEI maintains that sufficient resources are available at many schools.

The conclusions in the Chief Inspectorís Report are reportedly based on inspection of 304 schools between September 2012 and March 2013.

Details of the Chief Inspectorís Report were presented yesterday by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites at a media briefing.

The report found that approximately 45 per cent or 140 of the schools inspected were rated as effective, while 55 per cent or 164 were rated as ineffective.

Teaching support in four per cent of the schools was rated as good and 49 per cent was rated as satisfactory.

Forty-six per cent was rated as unsatisfactory and one per cent as needing immediate support.

In the area of Studentsí attainment six per cent of the schools inspected was above the national averages and the Ministry of Educationís targets in English and mathematics.

Fifteen per cent was at the national averages and 79 per cent was below the national averages.
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