BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
CURRENTLY the University has enrolled five cohorts in the current Primary Teaching Programme offered at the distance mode and they will be the last to do the programme.
This is according to SINU’s marketing and promotions officer for DFLC (Distance Flexible Learning Centre), Mr Jerry Pakivai.
He said that the university is reviewing the programme with the plan to deliver a new one by January next year and mentioned that form five leavers will no longer be direct intakes.
Pakivai explained that this is because they have found that the standard of teaching by form 3 and form 5 leavers is quite low hence have developed a platform that will train and improve their confidence in teaching.
“As a proactive decision, the University has developed the Learning Pathway Certificate to help improve the confidence of Form 3 to Form 5 in terms of content.
“We have seen from the current trend where standard of content is quite low particularly among Form 3s. Secondary Schools are complaining for the fact that the students are not well prepared in content in primary schools.
“This is also captured in the survey Distance and Flexible Learning has done, hence, it is developing the Learning Pathway Certificate to help in that regard. The Distance and Flexible Learning Centre is also working with the School of Education & Humanities for the new Primary Teaching Certificate programme,” he said.
Pakivai expressed that they are optimistic that the School of Education & Humanities will be ready to offer the new programme in January 2019.
“The programme emphasis is more on content, therefore should really help trainees to prepare primary students in content in the primary level before they transit to secondary school,” he said.