Last week, I met the Deputy Director of Education for the Western Area of Sierra Leone. Addressing me as ‘comrade’, we spoke for around thirty minutes about how the country can possibly cope with the demands on its educational system. The population growth is acute – class sizes are increasing at a worrying rate and… Read More Sierra Leone and Training
Isatu Kargbo The teaching profession is going through a crisis world-wide. Threatened by austerity and cuts, the rise of technology, moral relativity and political correctness, added to reduced respect from their constituents, teachers need a standard-bearer. Someone to light the way to a surer future. Stand up Isatu Kargbo. In a Sierra Leonean classroom the… Read More Isatu Kargbo
Living in the blame culture as we do, what is the answer to this question? Whose fault is it if a child is not in school? The child? The parent? The school? The Microsoft X-Box? The NHS? And how far does a school leader have to go to ensure that children do attend? The shift… Read More Attendance: a register of concern.
BBC Breakfast News was running a morning’s ‘have your say’ last Sunday regarding the appropriateness or otherwise of teachers touching pupils. Views ranged from some arguing that not touching children was a form of abuse, to those arguing that any touch was to be averted for fear of reprisals. Fear is the operative word here.… Read More Touch