Ghana’s approved teacher survey app, Teacher Tapp on behalf of the Ghana Education Service (GES) is asking teachers in Ghana that ‘what makes their students lose concentration during lessons?.
If you are a teacher in Ghana right now, you will agree that all your best efforts as a teacher can go waste if students do not pay attention during lessons or classes time.
A Kumasi-based teacher who spoke to Teacher Tapp disclosed that the majority of students who fail subjects like English Language, Integrated Science and Mathematics are those that do not pay attention in the classroom.
What the teacher said is true, We have witnessed instances in classrooms whereby students with reasons best known to them do not concentrate on what is being demonstrated. It happens all the time in various classrooms.
Teacher Tapp, a 100% free daily survey of teachers across Ghana, wondered about the extent to which this is a problem for teachers on a daily basis.
1 in 5 teachers told Teacher Tapp that in the last lesson they had taught they had spent over a third of the time trying to make sure students are paying attention.
The most common reason was a distraction by other students, suggesting challenges with classroom management. But the second most commonly reported reason was physical ailments such as hunger and headaches. Worry about issues at home also ranked highly.
This would explain why nearly 80% of teachers told Teacher Tapp they believe they would benefit from extra training in classroom management. This is a worry as teachers work desperately to prepare final year students for exams.
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