August 19, 2016

Revitalising education by adopting pedagogical innovations

The transformation of Myanmar teaching and learning has become a central focus of reform in the educational sector of our country with an inch-by-inch shift from the teacher-centred to learner-centred approach. Simply put, the student-centred approach places children at the heart of the learning process.
All the educational institutions need to encourage their teaching staff to go with the tide of the reform process by encouraging changes to the formal schooling system and vocational standards. A large number of educators in the system remain reluctant to embrace the reform.
Transforming the state educational approach involves ensuring that pedagogical practices meet the needs of learners in the 21st century.These challenges require teachers and parents alike not to derive satisfaction from the achievement of their children in the old fashioned exam-oriented learning setting. The time is ripe for educators to revolutionise their methods and affect a dynamic change from exam-based results to a focus on the entire learning process.
As part of the educational reform effort the government has announced its plan to introduce a shift in basic education from K+10 to K+12 as of the 2016 academic year. This initiative brings welcome change but careful consideration should be given to the fact that curriculum renewal without pedagogical innovations in the process of teaching and learning will not yield the desired outcome. It will at the very least yield a poor return on their investment.
A shift of the assessment system from summative to formative functions is another important point in helping children acquire the learnability based on experiential knowledge. The onus is on all educators to revitalise our education system. Children, after all, are the future of the nation.


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