During 2007, the Education Management Specialist from NCERD visited the following regions – Georgetown and Regions 2,3,4,5,6,7 and 10. He spoke to Trainees from the Programme, Master Trainers, REdOs, DEOs, Headteachers and teachers. This document outlines the general consensus of the trainees and Master Trainers in terms of how they see the course currently and the changes they would like to see to improve it for future cohorts.
It needs to be stressed that these opinions were listened to and many of the recommendations were included in the new course.
Trainee opinions of the Education Management Programme
In all, the opinions of over 400 trainees were sought. This represents an excellent sample out of the 550 Trainees. Although there was a little dissent, the vast majority would concur with the following opinions. Below are the main comments made by the participants in the course.
Provides the knowledge and experience for the HT to operate effectively
Builds self confidence, competence and serves as a motivator
Provides a thorough understanding of the role of a leader.
Helps to establish a good interpersonal relationship with the HT and other staff members.
Helps to improve shortcomings and weaknesses as a teacher
Provides a better understanding of record keeping
Encourages teamwork with the staff.
Helps to correct past mistakes
Provides a sense of direction
Helps us to deal with everyday situations
Helps leaders to better guide the teachers in the school
Better able to deal with conflict
The concept of distance learning allows learners to set their own pace
Information is also applicable to other parts of life e.g. home and church
Improves decision making
It is not costly
Opportunities available in school to put into action what has been learnt
Modules should be relevant to all levels of the education system – Nursery, Primary and Secondary
A significant part of the Modules do not match the Guyanese context.
Modules often do not provide sufficient information
Good guidance on the principles of designing a curriculum.
More child related activities needed
Modules can be too verbose
Marks allotment not fairly spread
There are too many activities and trainees find it difficult to complete on time.
There are not enough marks for activities which can be very lengthy
Some felt the grading system needs to be revised
Assignments are generally at the right level although some find them challenging
More materials and guidance needed to do the assignments
Assignments are more about recall than understanding and evaluation
Assignments and examination questions often asks for lists which restrict candidates
Coursework grades should be given before the examination
There should be certification for each part – Modules 1 – 4, Modules 5 – 8 and Practicum
More time is needed to complete assignments
Marked assignments should be returned to the teacher more promptly
Tutorials and Trainers
Many tutorial sessions had been very beneficial
There are not enough tutorial sessions for trainees
Trainees should be encouraged to set up study groups with others
Some felt feedback from Master Trainers was inadequate
Provides activities to do in the school for practice
Some time should be provided on a monthly basis for course participants
Trainers are not always easily available on the phone.
Tutors are flexible and understanding
Additional resource materials are needed to supplement the modules
Would like to receive, handouts, newsletters and DVDs
Welcome the development of www.ncerdleaders,com website
There needs to be a functioning resource centre in every region which contain management materials
Print and compilation of modules is poor
Modules are often late arriving for trainees
Headteachers should be of more assistance to those who are doing the course
There should be more practical work
Recognition should be made of the fact that not all trainees are HTs and want to be HTs
There needs to be monetary incentive to do the programme.
This opinions have been included in a report to the Ministry of Education and Recommendations have been made in some areas.