Education guru Ross Morrison McGill who has just returned from Minsk shared his observations of the Belarusian education. Some of them might surprise you!
Known as one of the 500 Most Influential People in the UK and the most followed teacher on social media in the UK, Ross has built one the most influential education websites, sharing resources with 10+ million readers.
Ross has worked in over 150 schools, colleges and universities across the world. He has been teaching for over 25 years in the U.K., Canada, Cyprus, China, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, and now it’s time for Belarus.
In his post, Mr McGill shares his experiences of the grassroots movement and the successes and challenges teachers are facing in Belarus. Below are just some of the education facts about Belarus:
- Teacher registers are on paper
- A timetable on display for ‘opening windows’ at specified times
- Classroom doors opened onto the corridor
- Pupils grades were recorded by hand and added to the register – there was little or no ICT
- The school lunch is great and pupils hand out food to one another
- ‘Pay attention to’ appears to be a common teacher phrase. Interestingly, it is also written into the textbooks at the beginning of opening texts…
- Pupils all had mobile phones – which seemed to cause no behavioural issues. It was surprising to see how some asked for my social media account ID.
- In terms of inclusion, there is an apparent air of selection.
- Teacher salary is low and parents and politicians have a greater say than the professional.
Belarus presents interesting challenges. The literacy rate of Belarus’ adult population is one of the highest in the world and currently stands at 99.7%.
Meanwhile, 98% of people have basic, general secondary and vocational education. Read more impressions about the visit by Ross Morrison McGill here.
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