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Co-Teaching Model Helped Kitgum Schools to Complete P7 Syllabus

Patrick Odong, the headteacher at Gweng Pamon P7 School says that the model that involves two or more teachers conducting a lesson simultaneously helps teachers utilize the available time to embark on intense teaching to cover the syllabus.

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A section of primary schools in Kitgum district adopted a team teaching model that aided them to intensively complete the syllabus for primary seven candidates who sit for the final exams next week.

Schools that adopted the model include Gweng Pamon, Opette and Akworo P7 Schools in Labongo Amida Sub County; Laber and Alel P7 School in Lagoro Sub County and Lakwo P.7 School in Lalano Sub County.

Patrick Odong, the headteacher at Gweng Pamon P7 School says that the model that involves two or more teachers conducting a lesson simultaneously helps teachers utilize the available time to embark on intense teaching to cover the syllabus. According to Odong, apart from teaching together, in some instances, the co-teacher sits quietly at the back of the class and ensures that no learner talks or disrupts the ongoing lesson which is a boost for active learning to take place. 

David Opitekene a teacher at Akworo P7 School says in co-teaching, one person would keep primary responsibility for teaching while the other moves around the room providing unobtrusive assistance to weak or slow learners as needed. According to Opitekene, the approach goes beyond enforcing discipline and manage work in the classroom, but it enriches teaching and learning which makes pupils comprehend and understand what is being taught. 

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He says the approach has also played a big part in abating idleness amidst teachers since professionals attached to lower classes that have since not yet returned to school rendered them redundant and engaging them in such a model increases access to the general education curriculum. 

Kitgum District Education Officer Fred Owot says the approach eases the difficulty of one teacher reaching out to the learners since the professional's plan, teach and reflect on lessons taught together as they complement each other. 

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According to Owot, the coronavirus pandemic shortened the learning period which greatly affected the appropriate completion of the syllabus and with this approach learners and teachers can be able to cover the entire syllabus within the stipulated academic calendar. 

Briefing for the Primary Leaving Examinations is underway at schools across the country, ahead of the examinations to be held on Tuesday, March 30 and March 31, 2021.