Parents must bring their part – SPYL

The ruling party's youth league has put the onus on learners and their parents if online education is to succeed.

20 May 2020 | Education

ILENI NANDJATO

ONGWEDIVA



The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has urged parents to put more effort into their children's online learning.

The league's secretary for education, Hofni Iipinge, said home learning is better than classroom learning because it places less pressure on learners and will enable faster learning.

“Comprehensive education should be given to ensure the understanding of parents as they will be the most important role players in their children's education,” he said.

Furthermore, for online learning to be effective and successful, stakeholders such the basic education ministry, higher education ministry, tertiary institutions, parents, teachers and learners have to work together to enhance the system, the SPYL said.

Iipinge added that university students and staff members are responsible for helping teachers and parents understand e-learning.

Onus on learners

Iipinge called on learners to be self-motivated and responsible to direct their own learning at their own pace.

“People are now living in a technological world. Learners have to be trained at a very early stage in order to be able to comply with tech in future and that must be well understood by parents.”

He added that after lockdown regulations are lifted, small group of learners can be called for training per school. “This will enable learners to learn basic training on how to access the online learning. It will be easier for the teachers to work with learners who were already trained and equipped with the information and skills on how access e-learning through appropriate platforms,” he said.



Rural areas

Iipinge said the education ministry should consider other options to accommodate learners in rural areas with poor network connection.

“Teachers in rural areas should also go through pre-training on how to be active in giving assessments to their learners during this period.

“Despite network issues, teachers have to be trained on how to use different angles to tackle the network problem and ensure that they did not fail to deliver education to their learners,” he said.

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