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Minister of Education and Human Development Conceição Sortane yesterday admitted that there are weaknesses in the first years of education and summed up all learning problems in one word: worrying.
Speaking at the opening of the third sector Coordinating Council, she said that the challenges for the sector lay in improving the management of resources and the quality of services.
“The current situation in terms of learning, particularly in the early years of primary school, is worrying. It presents challenges related to the quality of our services and results, which are reflected in poor student learning, financial management problems at the level of educational institutions and poor punctuality and attendance in schools by teachers and students,” she acknowledged, adding that it was necessary to revitalise teachers’ self-esteem and reorganise the teaching career.
In order to improve the quality of education during the government’s current term, the law governing the national system education has been revised to make education more effective, current and sustainable.
“Since 2015, we have instituted a new approach to district-based supervision focused on four pillars, namely classroom learning; punctuality and attendance; school management and functioning of the School Board; and management of financial resources, especially direct support to schools,” the minister said.
The sector Coordinating Council is particularly important since it occurs in the middle of the government’s mandate, inviting reflection on strategies for the future. Topics of range from the quality of teaching and teachers’ professionalism to the management of human resources.
“We would like to address in particular the teachers, the parents and guardians and the excellent ladies and gentlemen present here on the role they play in the proper functioning of schools,” Sortane said.
The council meeting brings together institution management, cooperation partners, teachers, parents, churches and economic agents, and is taking place in Maputo from 9 to 11 August under the motto “For an inclusive school that guarantees effective learning”.Source: O País
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