Zimbabwe schools: differences

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As I was teaching out in Zimbabwe, I noticed some remarkable differences in the schools compared to English Schools.

-Day layout: Assembly from 7.15-7.30 then lessons through day until 1.00 then children are expected to studying until 2. They then have different clubs they are expected to attend. They are different depending on the term.

– Most lessons are half an hour slots

– No textbooks

– Blackboards and chalk

– ‘O’ levels then A-Levels

– Children stay in the same classrooms

– Pupils seem to have quite a few study periods

– ‘O’ Levels and A levels are limited

– No coursework

– Layout of a classroom: tables with two people on in rows facing the front with one or two blackboards using chalk. No displays around the class room.

– No massive plans

– No differentiation

-Teachers teach about 3 different subjects

– Children are focused and better behaved

– If the children are late or badly behaved, their punishment is usually being hit with a stick.

– They do have an ICT room but it got rarely used whereas in England ICT (laptop, computers, iPads, interactive whiteboards) are used all the time.

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