Over the years, Circuit Supervisors, now called School Improvement Support Officers (SISOs) and headteachers have been critical of teachers to write and submit their lesson notes for vetting before a new week begins. Since it is a tedious job, lesson notes writing has always been a bone of contention between teachers and their superiors.
Well, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education, has disclosed that lesson notes writing will soon become a thing of the past as plans are underway in that regard. The Minister, in an interview on Wontumi, mentioned that teachers will no longer write lesson notes because of the introduction of laptops for teachers.
The Minister, speaking on the topic of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) on the Kumasi-based radio station, stated that the introduction of Professional Development has replaced lesson notes wiring. He added that Professional Learning Communities are being organized in schools to build teacher competencies.
Explaining further why the writing of lesson notes writing is no more binding on teachers, he noted that there is no need to ask teachers to write lesson notes because the latter have been copying previous notes written years ago into their lesson notes book without any addition.
The Education Minister’s statement is a reaffirmation of what the Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Bawumia, said at the launch of the One Teacher One Laptop Project in Accra.
Dr. Bawumia had also said that teachers will no longer be pushed or subjected to writing lesson notes again because a soft copy of the lesson notes have been uploaded on the laptop with additional vital resources
The Minster has been speaking on different platforms to preach the introduction of STEM education into the senior high school curriculum which will in the years to come produce more Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians for national development.
This goes a long way to mean that, even though teachers, just like all other workers need to plan how they will deliver and facilitate their lessons, lesson plan or note writing is definitely not the best way that proper lesson delivery outcomes can be achieved. Heads of schools and SISOs should take note of this new development.