5 Ways of Conducting Home Schooling in Kenya during the Teachers strike
Home schooling in Kenya is not a fad anymore. Parents disillusioned by the 8-4-4 system are choosing to home school their kids.
You walk in the streets of Nairobi at 8 a.m in the morning. The sounds of the birds mixed with hooting sounds of cars fill your ear. Everyone is on the move and for a reason you can inevitably guess where they are heading-their work places. Apparently, you can be spotting children clad in school uniforms going to school but you just remembered that your neighbour’s 9 year old daughter remained at the door step nursing her doll. Why? She cannot make to school because the country-wide teachers’ strike that has remained stubborn and seems not to be halting soon.
For a period panning to more than one month, Kenyan teachers have downed their tools and have filled the streets running around with placards. Their songs and dances are built on the famous slogan “No pay, No teaching” but it is the learner that suffers the most. Pupils learning in public schools have been worst hit by the strike.
Even as form fours have begun their KCSE examinations; the ravaging pangs of the teachers’ strike have left immeasurable scars in their hearts. It could be an understatement to just imply that most of them will be doubting their preparations and performances.
On the flipside, there are ways through which parents and guardians may assist their children through home schooling in Kenya. A report by People for Education known as “Doing what matters the most:
How parents can home school their children and let them succeed at school” explains the concepts of initiating home schooling in Kenya.
Here are the ways of initiating and benefiting from home schooling in Kenya in the absence of teaching as given by the report.
Home Schooling in Kenya
Apart from the teachers and peers, parents have a big role in motivating their children academically. From a default perspective, children will view their parents as their obvious role models and as someone can on. A parent that knows his or her child’s standards has the duty to help him or her maintain or if possible, to improve. During this teachers strike, parents or guardians can keep up motivating their children. The talk about school and performance must never be relinquished or just touched on for the sake of it. By constantly talking about academics with your children and challenging him or her to work hard; he or she maintains the track and cannot lose the mood of studies. He or she feels challenged and focused on the goal just set or earlier set.
Controlling TV consumption
Just mere conversations set the mood! It can remind someone of a vital thing that he or she has forgotten. By talking about school or having discussions about it is like ensuring children are always prepared for academics. Most important aspect of it is to instill the feeling that he or she should be doing something to compensate for the time being lost during strike. This sort of ‘plastic’ holiday can make school children have comfort zone. They can be friends of TVs and watch literally everything. As a parent, this the time that one needs to step up and regulate the child’s TV consumption. How can you do this? Yes! Your child needs some rest and something to entertain him or her. But this is the time have a giant share for learning and fewer moments of relishing TV programs. Being tough on children and controlling them when it comes to TV viewership is important. He or she can get the feel that there is need to compensate for the time that is being lost.
Working on their timetable
For the sake of personal learning and practice, parents can now design timetables to assist their children learn the right thing at the right time. It means discovering the child’s weaknesses and strengths. It means giving him or her the best time for say learning sciences and arts.
Linking with relatives, friends or close family members for assistance
Academic studies are hard to go about and understand just by going the whole hog in person; it requires assistance or guidance. In this strike, affected parents can choose to teach their children on their own or talk to family members, friends or colleagues to help.
Shaping their attitude and evaluation
Parents or guardians must be aware that learning is propelled by intrinsic and or extrinsic motivation and positive behavior. Attitudinal change is what parents will require to engage their children in home-based learning initiative.
Tutoring as a home schooling in Kenya technique can be used by parents to assist their kids while teachers are on strike. Think of this in two or multiple ways. First, contracting a private tutor can prove fruitful especially if the tutor is well conversant with the curricula. Another way of coming up with tutoring program is through the use of Kenya online instructors. This is possible with subjects that require less reading but more practice such as chemistry and mathematics or even languages.