“YOUR DAUGHTER CAN’T WRITE”, SAID HER TEACHER. CONFESSIONS FROM A NURSERY SCHOOL PARENT




Two weeks only after registered his daughter in nursery 1 at one of the best Anglo-Saxon nursery schools in Yaoundé, he received convocation from the class mistress. When he reached the school, the lady confided in him that she’d done her possible to teach the child how to write but the child is unable. She used the occasion to let the parent of this Nursery 1 four year old know that the situation was out of hand and he shouldn’t expect good results from the child in terms of writing.
Disappointed, this 43 years old civil servant retired to his house. Before school resumed in September, he’d taught his daughter how to sing the alphabet, how to recite the days of the week, how to recite the months of the year and several other things. He’d not laid emphasis on writing because he believed school would be the best place for his son to learn how to write. What then had school taught his son for paying 205.000 frs as school fees?
Without hope or defeat, the father of the little girl decided to see and confirm for himself his daughter’s inability to write. He consecrated one hour of his day to his daughter. Every evening, he would use 30 minutes to teach his child how to write a letter and the remaining 30 minutes will consist of encouraging the child to write whatever she felt she wanted to write, ranging from lines, to scribbling and colouring. Three days only after,  his daughter was able to read and write the first three letters of the alphabet. By the end of the first term, this child was able to write A to L, 1 to 5 and identify and colour objects. The class tutor had taught her other very brilliant students how to write from 1 to 6, and a to e by the end of the first term. The “dull girl”, who was said to be writing deficient, was far ahead from her other maids.
Today, this little girl still goes to school but this parent was unable to tell us one thing his daughter masters and that one thing which she learnt from school. His only souvenir is that his daughter came back telling him about Pichoù, Idy, Tchoupi and other phrases like “I will beat you”, “shut up” or “you’re not my friend” which he learnt from school.
This story is published to tell parents that, everybody is born intelligent but need assistance to develop their full potential. This assistance is not a one treatment adaptable to all patients. People learn differently and this cannot be underestimated. Moreover, this story comes to tell parents that formal education is good but has several limitations which could be compensated by home schooling. If we are therefore striving for quality education through formal education, there are certain prerequisites to consider:
1.    Teachers are supposed to be taught teaching methods that will lead to inclusive education in their classrooms so that no child is left behind
2.    Individuals learn in different ways and by so doing innovative learning methods need to be developed and adaptable to every learner
3.    Methodology used in kindergarten, or nursery sections need to be highly entertaining and adaptable to the children’s ages and interests
4.    The number of children in classrooms needs to be reviewed to the lowest and the number of tutors increased. This would enable tutors to have a one on one confrontation with each child to find out the method of learning that best works for each kid
5.    These learners should not be considered as a “classroom” but as different  pupil or individuals with different abilities and capacities
6.    Technology must be included in teaching to better apprehend the kids’ attention. Visual teaching would be more beneficial at this age. Include television sets, computers and other colourful items with whom learners are familiar in classrooms to help these children easily identify with what they are being taught.
Until this is done’ quality basic education would not be achieved by 2030.
7.    Parents need to make time to home school their children to get complementary skills alongside their classroom studies, no matter what class they are. We understand you parents have a busy schedule but it’s far less important than your parent responsibility. Try, just by giving 1 hour of your day to your kids and we at kamerbigbang.com bet you, you’ll be proud of yourself in the future. This is the only way we’ll be able to grow young people with an education which not only exposes them to decent jobs, but which gives them the ability to create jobs for the continent.