Group: Syllabus must cater to diverse learning styles

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  • Monday, 11 Feb 2019

JOHOR BARU: The Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) has called for the education syllabus to be “adapted” so that it covers a wide range of abilities that tailor to students with different academic strengths.

“We cannot have a one size fits all system.

“We need to cater to the different learning styles of students,” explained Jelta president Vincent D’Silva.

His call came following the Education Ministry’s move to abolish streaming in schools starting this year.

However, many parents and teachers here have voiced their preference for the streaming system.

D’Silva said the ministry should introduce a new teaching method that could cater to all students.

He believed that the success of a “mixed ability classroom” would depend on the teaching method and the way teachers group their students.

He said the teaching approach should be adapted so that the high achievers would not be bored in class while the slower ones could learn from their peers.

“The process of teaching and learning can be made more exciting if we can harness the ability of the better students to guide others who face more challenges,” he said.

D’Silva also said that supervision would be necessary and that teachers could make sure that students learned according to their own pace.

“Teachers can find ways to provide a stimulating environment where students want to learn, rather than creating streaming by having to sit for tests or examinations,” he said.

It was important, he said, to take the views of all stakeholders in the education system as the decision on whether to have streaming or not was a critical issue.

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