School Leadership In The 21st Century

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“Kids and young people in schools around the world will graduate differently and have different future from previous generations in terms of technological advances and scientific discovery on the amount of knowledge and information available”. “We now leave in an increasingly interdependent international community, where success or failure in one country has consequences for many others”. “There is a growing concern that the role of school principals, designed the industrial age, has not evolved to deal with complex challenges that schools are preparing children and young people to face in the twenty first century”. “As expectations of what school leaders should achieve change, so must the definition and distribution of school leadership roles”.…show more content…
There have been a lot of changes that originated from past years. Reforms are necessary because expectations of students, society and the job market have changed. Fiji thus needs a curriculum that is relevant to the young generations. Changes that took place are firstly, the thematic approach for Years 1 and 2 (education gazette, 2013). Thematic approach is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are joined together and combined within a theme. This is where the six foundation areas of learning and development comes which is the five W’s and H. In this thematic approach, schools could freely decide how to use and distribute teaching time. The change is about replacing traditional subject-based teaching by thematic, cross-disciplinary studies and introducing working forms. (Fiji National University, lecture 8). Here the teacher has to pick a theme and make a word web using this six foundation areas of learning and development. This is a bit confusing to some teachers in some schools which have to be addressed on later. Secondly, the shift from scheme of work to the unit of work for years 1 and2 and from scheme of work to learning and teaching program (LTP) for years 3 to 8. Teacher centered education where only the chalk and blackboard were used whereas child centered approach is dealing with all varieties of activities that children can take part in like group works. The conversational languages became compulsory in all schools especially Hindi and I-taukei. Financial Education is also part of the new curriculum. the major change was on the shift from examinations to assessment like class based assessment(CBA), short tests and exam, classroom assessment task (CAT). The second last one is from prescription (used to make the scheme of work) to syllabi (used to make the unit of work and learning teaching programme). Finally, PEMAC subjects were

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