The Supreme Education Council (SEC) yesterday issued a circular to Independent schools, fixing the maximum lesson hours of teachers at 16 per week.
All Independent schools resumed classes yesterday after the two-week spring break. The schools reported 75 to 85 percent student attendance on the first day.
The cut in teaching hours aims to reduce work load on teachers and improve students’ performance, said the circular.
The reduced hours will help teachers better focus on other areas such as student assessment, analysing examination results and study plans.
The circular said teachers should not be kept busy with extra hours. Teachers with less than 12 subjects can be assigned weekly shifts and rotations according to a time table, said the circular.
The SEC asked school operators not to make teachers busy with unnecessary paper and documentation work not important in their job.
Independent schools have been asked to involve teachers in committees concerned with improving performance of teachers and students.
The circular recommended the use of electronic education tools and specified the role of teachers in eEducation.
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