The economy of Morocco continues to become service-based and the job market are more focused in employing people with new skills that can be applied in real life as well as competencies. The only problem lies with the teaching of foreign languages and how it does not meet the needs of the students who are already struggling in the 21st century.
Though there are many documents official supporting the teaching of English as well as statements released in various press conferences, this learning of a foreign language still follows strict traditional paradigms.
In a recent statement from the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Mr Rachid Benmoukhtar, expressed that they are focusing more on foreign languages in order to create more opportunities for the future generation so they may be able to easily find a job and be more competitive since everything is constantly changing. This sentiment is not new and has also been expressed last 2000 during the National Charter on Education and Training as well as the two previous school years.
The question is what the government is doing in the education system in order for this statement to take effect as said by the minister. Though there have been many claims in the official statements as well as documents, none have been implemented in Moroccan schools. The only step that the ministry of education did to improve the teaching of English in the country is through the adoption of International and Vocational Streams for the Moroccan Baccalaureate. In reality and practice in schools, there is no change when it comes to promoting the English language. As a proof, the teachers are still using the same books in school and the teaching materials are still the same – with the use of board and chalk. In general, the curriculum as well as the syllabus remains unchanged.
It is known that in order for the schools to teach another language more proficiently, there should be assessment procedures done. With the growing need for more competent teachers, native English speakers get paid to teach English abroad.
Bee Academic Tutoring prepares students for lifetime success. Studies in countries that have both public and private education systems have revealed that students who are enrolled in private schools have more opportunities to undertake tutoring than their counterparts in public schools. The research on 500 households also revealed that the wealthier the family and the higher qualifications they possess, the more that they are willing to spend for high tuition.
According to families that earned more than $6,000 a month, they spend about 30% or 50% more than less well-off families for the tuition of their children from preschool to secondary school. Parents who have graduated are more likely to spend up to four times more tuition than their counterparts who have only received primary education.
The research studies further state that the wealthier the parents and the more educated they are, the more advantages that their children have when it comes to access to various resources. This is the reason why children from private schools tend to receive academic tutoring. According to Associate Professor Jason Tan of National Institute of Education, parents with disposable income for private schooling have also demonstrated a willingness to do everything they could to ensure that their children gain quality education.
For example, in Singapore, families with a monthly household income of more than $6,000 pay a median amount of $200 each month for the tuition of their children in preschool. On the other hand, families that is earning $3,000 and below pay about $100 for their children in the same grade. Those in the higher income level have no qualms about spending $300 each month for tuition in primary school which is more than double the $125 spent by the less well-off.
Singaporean housewife Hui Choy Leng has the spending power to pay for more tuition. She spends about $1,000 for mathematics and Chinese tuition for a daughter in secondary 2. Her aim is to help her daughter pull up her grades and address the difficulties in understanding certain topics. She certainly does not mind paying for academic tutoring as long as she can help her children survive and gain quality education.
February 19, 2015 /
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Good news as schools all over Southampton, Hampshire are set to benefit from a multimillion fund that is meant for the repair and maintenance of various educational institutes across the UK. It was reported that an outstanding ₤6 billion was released to help the schools all over the UK and ₤28 million of this fund will be dedicated to Southampton and Hampshire.
Government Minister Nick Gibb visited Southampton, particularly an old crumbling school, and had announced the major funding boost for the schools there. In his visit to Valentine Primary School located in Scholing, he saw the unfavorable condition that the school was in. He was shown the damages that the windows had sustained over the years, the patches of mould and the areas where leaks are a common occurrence.
School staff said that the main hall roof was in a worse condition and needs a whole year of major work. The school area too was not spared from damages with a large part of it being closed because the safety of the pupils might be compromised due to falling bricks.
Fortunately, changes are set to be made for Valentine Primary as Mr. Gibb announced that the school will be one of 227 who will benefit from the ₤6bn funding that also includes ₤4bn which will be distributed to various local authorities and educational institutions for other projects. ₤2bn has been allocated to the Priority School Building Programme.
The conservative education minister also said that the county education chiefs and head teachers of various schools will be receiving more funds to help them conduct repair work and maintenance. By 2017, it is expected that the Southampton City Council will be receiving ₤5.3 million while ₤23 million will be given to the county council.
While some of the money will be given directly to the schools, majority of it will still be handed to the councils and other organizing groups who will oversee the smooth operations of the schools.
The Department of Education had guaranteed that every school will be given a share of the fund for smaller scale repair and maintenance.
The University of Winchester announced that it will sponsor this year’s Entrepreneur of the year award. This has been the second year that University of Winchester voluntarily stepped up to sponsor the Business Excellence Awards.
The annual awards in the field of business are done to recognize talented individuals in the field of commerce who have the leadership skills in handling a business organization. The nominees will come from different business sectors and will undergo rigid screening by a panel of judges who are experts in the field themselves. They will be particularly looking for individuals who have the passion, driven by strong ambition and a clear vision in reaching a goal. The winner has to be a dynamic, creative, smart and an innovative leader.
The business development manager stated that the university is very proud to be the sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year award again. She further added that entrepreneurs are important links to a successful society and that they encourage their students and graduates to choose a path in entrepreneurship or create and manage their own businesses someday.
The advocacy of the University of Winchester for budding and future entrepreneurs made them collectively decide to give their support through awards. The awards comprise an amount to help entrepreneurs start up or develop their businesses further. The University also offers dialogues, inspirational talk and advice to individuals in the business industry and to organizations in the community as well. This is hosted by the Winchester Business School.
The University offers different field of study to about 6,400 students. Their professional and equipped professors hone their students to become contributors and innovators to society once they step out of the University. Its primary goal is to educate, increase and advance knowledge and serve the people in society. They offer varied courses for bachelor degrees, masters and other post graduate degrees as well as research and doctorate certificates.
Winchester city council
The city council of Winchester will also sponsor the Carbon Smart Award. This award will be given to businesses that have a deep love for the environment. They are those that constantly make it a point to lower their carbon emissions. In order for the business to qualify in this award, it has to be registered with The Carbon Smart Winchester Programme.
Education nowadays is more focused on academic achievements that people forgot how it is to do things on their own. It is now a common practice to hire someone for manual labor such as fixing a simple electrical problem, fixing a tap that has been leaking and cleaning up a blocked drain. Home owners are used to hiring electricians and plumbers even in small jobs that require no special skills. These skills are the very reason the government is calling for more vocational education. Though there are people that can be hired for such services, it is good to have these special skills taught in schools.
Manual jobs are given less and less appreciation especially in the Indian society where it is thought to be the sort of jobs suited for people who have achieved less in academic or those dropouts. High dignity is now acquainted to academic achievements and is a clear way of discrimination. This type of expectation must be reflected upon and students must be taught the value of manual jobs and the skills that go with it. Despite the large number of graduates, many are unemployed yet there is a huge deficit in skill jobs. The mindset that there are high dignity and low dignity jobs have driven people from learning these special skills and entering this kind of work.
Because of the pressure set upon the students by their parents and peers, they prefer engineering and management courses over those courses that enhance their skills as a carpenter or a mechanic. These kinds of pressures are keeping a person from learning something and developing any inborn talents. A degree is now given more reverence over a diploma making it a goal for every student. The downside of labelling these two are the standards set. Diplomas are given to those that undergo vocational trainings and perceived to be done by low achievers or the less fortunate.
Vocational education must be made mandatory especially for higher classes in order to produce skilled workforce. The distinction set between academic achievements and vocational skills must be changed and set to work together in order to produce a work force that has a premium academic achievement and the necessary skills to meet industry requirements. Emphasizing vocational learning will open up the mind of students to other options.
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