The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Faculty of Arts and Education through the Department of Teacher Development held a two day workshop in the capital to try and address a number of issues that the department has been encountering.
The workshop was attended by representatives from all regional campuses dotted around the country.
According to national programme leader, Mrs. Dhliwayo, the objectives of the workshop were to address issues to do with Teaching Practice (TP),the chief external examiner’s report, to work on standardizing TP assessment in line with the grading criteria, to continue to capacitate Regional Programme Coordinators on Diploma in education Primary and BECD supervision, to further capacitate RPCs in the teaching practice process, for example, Peer and Micro teaching, to prepare an instrument for TP supervision for candidates who are not practicing in the schools system as well as improving service delivery at large .
A number of facilitators presented different topics that have a bearing on the institution churning out fully backed teachers, for example, strategies for Peer and Micro Teaching, experience and challenges on BECD TP supervision and many more.
It was agreed at the workshop that students on TP should be encourage to keep all records required by supervisors.
It was the Masvingo and Mashonaland West model papers that were rated highly and will be considered in coming up with a daft paper for the University.