Blaming The Teacher

70engel2It seems so evident. You go to school, enter a nice building, and find your classroom, flip open your laptop to start working on uploaded assignments, having a teacher nearby to help you out. Not so in many places all over the globe. You may be lucky having a seat on a bench and find some writing material to work with. Pupil hardship is teacher hardship. How can a teacher provide education when sufficient infrastructure is lacking?  The amazing thing is that good teaching still goes on, despite serious scarcity of essentials for learning. The situation teachers face are often bleak, nevertheless they manage to comply with regulations and mandatory procedures most of the time.

A study conducted in a southern part of Kenya interviewed teachers about the prospects of providing good Physical Education (PE) to their pupils in the absence of facilities: i.e., children that do not have PE kits and changing rooms, with fields that are too muddy due to climate and the type of soil. As can be expected teachers (and students) do not take PE very seriously. You take it as it goes. Despite these poor conditions a substantial amount of PE lessons still were provided.

Are the teachers to blame on their attitude, the government for not providing facilities? Not really; it’s the circumstance, stupid! But one that can not be ignored. The study rightfully points to a serious impediment and the mere fact of signaling it may help to improve the situation. The thing is tough that it is one typical instance of hardship in teaching that has to be overcome. There are more serious and also less grave instances and they need to be coped with all the same. How? Manifold by (2) : a) raising awareness, b)  given it a proper place in the curriculum. c) exploring the issue more deeply, d) developing  participation, e) sharing responsibility. f) building capacity, g) developing resources, h) involving policy, i) promoting a creative climate, j) building a culture, k) facing complexities…. They are better options than blaming the teacher.


 Susan M. Onyancha, Charles Nyabero,  Rachel Koros  (2017). Influence of teacher attitude challenges on the implementation of physical education instruction in public primary schools Nyamira south sub-county, Kenya . International Journal of Multidisciplinary Education and Research Volume 2; Issue 5; September 2017; Page No. 01-06 ISSN: 2455-4588





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