The Curriculum Division draws up the teaching methodology and guidebooks.
The textbook division gets educators to translate the syllabus into modules and textbooks.
Though most of the documents advocate flexibility in the teaching and learning process, teachers usually stick to tried-and-tested methods outlined in guidebooks.
Teachers conform to these methods of teaching and learning because of time and examination constraints.
They cannot be creative in their teaching and learning methods because they have to complete the syllabus and curriculum and prepare the children for examinations.
This is why lessons are dependent on textbooks and this makes lessons dry and uninteresting. Clever children can grasp the topic while average and weak children will be left behind.
This is also why children go for tuition so that they can relearn topics that are not dealt properly in schools.
The textbooks and teaching methodologies are suitable for a group of children. They do not cater to the vast majority of children of different levels of competency and proficiency.
Creative and innovative teachers will use information and communication technology (ICT) extensively in their classroom.
ICT lessons using computers and digital audio-visual teaching aids will allow children to be more involved in lessons because of the interest factor.
Science lessons should be conducted in the laboratory for children to do experiments. Such discovery-learning methodologies will impact children more effectively in the learning process.
Even when teachers write reports and minutes of meetings, they have to follow a standard format.
The font size, the spacing and the type of lettering for the report and minutes are determined by the school.
Teachers and children are told to think outside the box in the teaching and learning experience, but unfortunately, both are put in a box.
Even the teachers’ dressing is dictated by the school and the Education Ministry. Teachers’ creativity has been stifled by codes and rules set by schools and Education Departments.
If teachers sing or tell a story in the classroom, they are labelled as having fun and not teaching. But when foreign teachers do the same activities in our classrooms, they are praised.
Teachers need to be given their own space and the schools and departments must trust in the creativity of teachers. Having too many rules and regulations kills creativity and ingenuity among teachers. Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan NST Opinion You Write 22 August 2016 @ 11:01 AM