With just a month and days to the resumption of Academy 2018/2019, the Principal of the Frances Mitchell Memorial Academy (FRANMA) in Kakata City Margibi County has vowed to enter into the new academy year with seriousness, commitment and dedication urging those he said don’t want to change the educational system to give him way.
Mr. Allison P.J Smith told The Monrovia Times Newspaper in Kakata on Monday July 29, 2018 that he has begun putting series of things in place for the smooth operation of the school for the next academic year.
He named the vetting of teachers through an interview, the administering of pre-test to 12 graders and the process of taking some students to the school’s new site as some of his plans.
Mr. Smith said already, his administration has paid off her teachers requesting them to reapply to meet August 10, 2018 as the deadline for the submission of applications while interview runs from August 10 to the 15 2018.
He said the essence of calling on teachers to reapply is to enable the administration to recruit teachers that have worked with the institution and have the characteristics that qualify them to be in the classroom.
“The importance of this is that you work with us, we observe your activities in the school; we observe how you handle your relationship with the students, your import how you handle your discipline (your subject) and your behavior” he lamented.
The Principal noted that teachers have greater responsibility and their relationship with their colleagues, students, Communities and parents have great impact on the institution for which they work.
Mr. Smith narrated that he wants teachers who can deliver because they are in a new era as they have transitioned from WAEC to WASSCE as such; the teachers get to read while the students have to get the right textbooks.
He furthered that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding with an individual to set up a Computer lab on the Campus to provide some services to the school describing it as good on grounds that the students will have the opportunity to do their research on the Campus.
The Principal averred that there are teachers who give students assignment directing them to a particular area to produce that assignment without carrying out their own research on the topic, something he said his administration wants to curtail.
He indicated that the teachers are the ones making the students lazy because they give assignments to their students failing to challenge them, discuss and read the assignment with/to the students or give a reward to them for performing such task.
Mr. Smith also said as part of the preparation for the next academic year, students who got promoted to grade 12 in the school will be administered pre-test in Math and English.
He said the pre-test is not meant to exclude the students from the school or demote them, but to simply tell him (Mr. Smith) that those who were promoted to grade 12th are up to the task and to also let the students know their shortcomings and encourage them to work harder.
The Principal said after 3 or 4 weeks of intensive teaching, the students will also be given post-test to test their ability in order to give the teachers an insight on how to handle their students.
He, at the same time, disclosed that he will need more teachers because he is thinking of moving to the new site in the World Bank Community where they are constructing a 15 classrooms building.
Principal Smith then described the 2017/2018 academic year as fine by his standard noting that most of the 12th graders who graduated from the school scored 2 and 3 points respectively in the recent West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). The school graduated 67 students whom successfully completed the last school year.