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Lawyer urges inclusion of national goals in teaching and learning


Wahab Shittu

A Legal practitioner and university teacher, Wahab Shittu, has stated that aligning national goals with classroom practice would prepare students to tackle the 21st century challenges.He bemoaned a situation where students are made to learn in traditional school environments, stressing that this has caused delays in the development of the child’s critical skills.
Shittu spoke at the 21st speech making and prize-giving day of Doregos Private Academy themed, “Understanding the rights of a child in the 21st century education system.”
The legal practitioner disclosed that upon completion of formal education in South Africa, the national curriculum gives room for students to use science and technology to understand the world.
He said: “There is need to recognise the importance of social and emotional learning, culture, arts, health and nutrition in this century education. Despite ambitions such as these, many students continue to learn in traditional school environments where they sit at desks, passively listen to a teacher’s lecture, and memorise a limited curriculum that is further reinforced through often outdated assessment practices.
“Teachers often receive little professional support to deliver a balanced curriculum and if not updated and resourced they continue to use instructional practices that emphasises memorisation and repetition.
“ Students in these settings tend to spend most of their class time bored and disengaged. In such environment, they are unable to learn at their own pace often leading to delays in the development of critical skills.” 
Shittu also stated that for an inclusive and overall development of the country, the rights of the child must be understood.He added that this entails creating necessary systems; structures and infrastructure to enable the child actualise his potential.
Earlier, the Executive Director emphasised on the need to recognize the “extra talent” of the child and motivate them to be relevant in such fields.“We have given equal opportunities to all our students so that they can realise their true potential and are ready to face the world and excel in their respective areas of interests.”

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