“MoE Should Conduct In-Service Training for Teachers”

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Madam Lucia Paygai

-Makes recommendations to Gov’t

Madam Lucia Paygai, the chairperson for the Counseling Department at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), has said that in order to enhance early childhood education in the country, the Ministry of Education (MoE) should conduct in-service training for early childhood teachers every six months.

She also recommended that the MoE should introduce Individualized Education Program (IEP) to help hard-learning students.

Madam Paygai, an early childhood education specialist, made these recommendations over the weekend at a program marking the 19th graduation convocation of the Prime System School of Christ in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

“The Individualized Education Program (IEP) serves two purposes: (1) As a written plan for a particular student, it is developed by the case conference team that prescribes specific educational objectives and placement for individual student; and (2) as a management tool for the entire assessment process. It involves all the assessment evaluation as well as teaching procedures. It becomes the critical link between the learning student and special teaching that the student requires,” Madam Paygai said.

The AMEU official, who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Counseling from the Newburgh Theological Seminary in the state of Indiana, United States, stated that such assessment will identify students’ problems.

She noted that the IEP will uncover whether the child has a specific Learning Disability (LD) such as short attention span, depending on the age of the child.

“In this case, we will not call our children dull, too hard to learn, or tell them book is not good for you,” Madam Paygai said.

She urged parents to provide all needed support towards the educational sojourn of their children in every aspect of their lives.

“Every parent needs to understand that giving money, material things to a child, or being a part-time parent does not qualify you as a parent.

“Your child needs you there every day to ask him or her how was school today? Can I see your work? And how are you feeling? A child needs a good night hug, a good morning hug, and to wipe away his/her tears when he or she is heartbroken. A child needs both parents,” she cautioned.

Among other things, Madam Paygai urged children to reciprocate the love shown by their parents by providing some help at home and giving parents all respect due them.

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