YEAR2019 Q4. Identify and discuss the rationale for school inspection.
The Inspector’s Manual (FME, 2001) advanced the following reasons for school inspection : Check YEAR 2022 Q2, YEAR 2021 Q2, YEAR 2016 Q6b, YEAR 2013 Q1, YEAR 2013 Q3, YEAR 2011 Q1b
a) It serves as an external agent that helps teachers to assess their work.
b) It assists poorly trained and incompetent teachers to improve on their jobs.
c) It helps monitoring and maintaining minimum standards at all levels of education.
d) Reports arising from school inspections make it possible for the quality of education offered in one school and the standard attained to be compared with the quality and standard in a similar school elsewhere in the country.
e) It helps to improve teaching and learning.
f) Inspections reveal the strength and weaknesses of a school with a view to: (i) improving teaching and learning (ii) assisting in the development of needed teaching competencies.
g) It examines continuously school instructional goals and assesses teachers’ performances on meeting such goals.
h) It helps interpret school programmes to the community.
i) The Ministry of Education and the teachers are linked through Inspection visits.
Classroom observation: Of all the various aspects of the activities of a school that comes within an inspector’s purview, none calls for greater caution and tact than classroom observation. The following are the components of learning on which an inspector should focus while assessing the effectiveness of the way a subject is taught in a school:
The inspector may supplement his assessment by evaluating the teacher’s performance on the basis of the “Four-step Method of Instruction” explained below: