Parents must take part in education at schools

2019-02-13 06:00
Trevor Mokeyane, Social Observer

Trevor Mokeyane, Social Observer

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Let us participate in the education of the African child.

The 2019 academic year is off to a good start and learners are already engaged with homework, and prepa­ring for tests and assessments. Even parents’ meetings at schools will be forthco­ming soon.

The question which is apt now is “Where are we as parents and adult members of the community? What is our role in the education of the African child?”

The minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshega, said: “We aim to prepare our learners for the future, which require critical skills for a changing world”.

Never has the time been so appropriate to actively support schools in their quest to educate our children, especially the foundation and intermediate phases.

Teachers who are doing a good job and sacrificial work, also have to keep dealing with curri­culum delivery and covering the content for the year.

Maybe you ask how you can help?

There are a few ways to help, but very important at home is to become interested in the work of our child­ren. We must check their books and work they have been assigned to do.

What is key is to approach the school management and to offer your services.

You can have a monthly sche­dule where you read to the learners at schools. It is amazing what the activity will add to the academic development and imagination of the learner. You can bring your own books, or the school will supply.

How about volunteering to assist a school choir if you are musically inclined and gifted? One can even assist with coaching young boys to play football or young girls to obtain netball skills.

What do you do with the talent you have been given? Please do not bury it. Volunteering (not for a fee!) is a noble cause.

Some of the unpleasant environmental issues at schools needs a collective effort by the community, simply called “letsema” in Sotho and Tswana, where the community as a whole clean the environment or premises of the schools. Bring your own spade or equipment to be a part of the community working together for a common purpose.

Our province performed well in the 2018 matric exams and it started at home and at primary schools.

Teachers need community involvement and do appreciate it.

In case you are unaware of primary schools’ good results, let me unpack them, highlighting the achievement of the Marang Intermediate School in Mangaung in 2018: Gr. R: 100%; Gr. 1: 100%; Gr. 2: 94%; Gr. 3: 100%; Gr. 4: 92%; Gr. 5: 100%; Gr. 6: 100% and Gr. 7: 92%.

These statistics are an indication that good matric results always start in the lower grades.

It is up to us as members of the community to assist schools, teachers, management and the department to keep on improving the education of the African child.

“It takes a community to raise a child” according to an African pro­verb.

  • I hope to see you at the school premises this year. Trevor Mokeyane is the chairperson of the Marang school’s quality of learning and teaching committee.
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