I wish to commend the Education ministry and the National Curriculum Development Centre for the new curriculum, which will see the number of learning hours reduce to four and subjects reduced from 32 to 8 learning areas. While this will create room for research and practical sessions, related to this initiative are other opportunities that we can exploit.
Today, because of our busy work schedules, parents can’t find time to spend with their children. This has denied us the opportunity to impart values to our children, yet the home is the best place for imparting character traits such as self discipline, interpersonal skills, kindness, attitude, etiquette, etc. That is why we are seeing an increase in moral degeneration.
Therefore, how about we consider half-day jobs divided into shifts for parents as well as shifts for schools so that a parent who works in the morning shift drops their child in the morning, goes to work then picks up the child at lunch after breaking off from work, goes home and spends time with the child/children the whole afternoon, and so is the parent who is working and studying during the afternoon session. They spend time with their children in the morning, drop them at school in the afternoon, head to work, then pick them later in the evening after work thus increasing parent – child time. The same will apply to the teachers, those who taught in the morning shift end at 1pm so that another shift takes over in the afternoon. That way teachers can also spend time with their children.
This will also mean that schools don’t have to shoulder the burden of feeding children as children will eat at home. One of the reasons why day school fees has skyrocketed is because of schools having to feed the learners; actually when food prices go up school fees escalate as well.
The home should be an extension of the school, the key education centre and parents the chief trainers/teachers.
The other opportunity is that of creating more jobs under the shift system for teachers, parents and other citizens. Look at it this way, because of the morning and afternoon shifts, every job will require two employees, which will double the number of available jobs.
Ms Opiro is a student at Masters Institute for Education, a Christian Educators’ Training Institute. firstname.lastname@example.org