August 19, 2016

What does it take for quality education to materialise?

Quality education has been the talk of the country in the past three decades. Activists have been complaining to the successive governments about the country’s declining education system. When it comes to the realisation of quality education, the importance of the quality of teachers and students alike cannot be overestimated.
For the incumbent government, education is clearly at the top of the agenda, given the government’s promise that it would spend the revenues generated from the commercial taxes of telecommunications on education and health.
In Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, the Ministry of Education had a seminar on pedagogy with a sharp focus on the successful implementation and promotion of education, which drew State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In her address, the state counsellor stressed that the learner-centred teaching is broader in scope, considering that learning is a lifelong endeavour. She also encouraged teachers to awaken children’s natural curiosity and channel it into learnability.
Judging from her words, children who receive effective and appropriate incentive in their formative years are highly likely to succeed at school. Positive support through interactions is central to their psychosocial development later in life. Only then will they become quality learners. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also called for self-improvement of teachers. Quality teachers are those who facilitate children’s ability to keep on learning on their own. In other words, quality teachers are those who have acquired complete mastery of their subject matter and excellent pedagogic skills. After all, it takes quality teachers and quality students for quality education to materialise.


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