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“Educational Reflections” Discusses Underachievement in Schools
“Educational Reflections” Discusses Underachievement in Schools

Bethlehem-Maan- “Maan Mix” Satellite channel broadcasted, Saturday, the first episode of the educational program “Educational Reflections”, produced by Maan Network in partnership with the Teacher Creativity Center.  

The first episode of the program discussed the issue of underachievement among students in Palestine, delving into the causes, results, implications and possible solutions of this phenomenon.

The program, presented by Mr. Mohammad Jawhar, hosted educational experts including Dr. Mohammad Matar Head of Measurement and Assessment Unit at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Maisara Qamamji a lecturer at the Quds Open University in Jenin, and from Gaza Mr. Iyad Abu Hjeir the general director of the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.  

During the episode, Dr. Matar clarified that the Ministry of Education seeks to improve the quality of education, focusing on the achievement of students as one of the indicators of the quality of education, such that the ministry adopts action plans to solve the issue of achievement, and confirming that the ministry needs to issue a diagnostic report of the achievement of students.

On his part, Dr. Qamamji held the ministry as the sole responsible for the underachievement of students, adding that education has been on the decline for the last fifteen years, and emphasizing that the ministry’s plans are improvised plans instead of carefully structured ones.

On the other hand, Mr. Iyad Abu Hjeir put the responsibility on the Palestinian curriculum, describing it as hard, long and cognitively inconsequential basing his comments on a study conducted by the center in the Gaza Strip.

Concerning the issue of automatic passing, which many participants affirmed is one of the causes of underachievement, Dr. Matar said this phenomenon has educational implications and that unified ministry examinations were able to clarify many issues by providing genuine indicators of achievements.  

Concerning the role of the teacher, Dr. Qamamji emphasized that teachers shouldn’t be burdened more than they already are, adding that teachers are already working under hard conditions and therefore should be promoted and encouraged to increase their motivation and initiative, such that successful and creative teachers are rewarded while weak ones are held accountable.

Qamamji also demanded the parents and civil society to play a more active role concerning education, adding that parents should not remain silent and should supervise and evaluate the quality of education in Palestine.

Dr. Matar added that the quality of education is directly related to the quality of the teacher, emphasizing that Palestinian universities have mediocre educational diplomas.

Mr. Abu Hjeir recommended the necessity of integrating all efforts to face educational obstacles, such that the family should take responsibility in following-up with children and the civil society should provide more focus on psychological and social support programs for children in addition to supporting the educational sector.

The program included a report comprising the opinion of the Palestinian community concerning the issue of underachievement, such that the community put the responsibility on the curriculum, teaching methodologies and automatic passing phenomenon.

It is worth noting that the program Educational Reflections, dealing with educational issues, is broadcasted on “Mix Maan” Satellite channel in partnership with the Teacher Creativity Center and Maan Network.

Mrs. Intisar Hamdan, manager of the Social Responsibility Program at the Teacher Creativity Center, noted that the program focuses on issues that affect all Palestinian citizens, not only in educational issues but also in sustainable development issues. 

In his turn, Mr. Refat Sabbah, General Director of the Teacher Creativity center said the program is part of the vision of the Teacher Creativity Center, focusing on the role of media in discussing educational issues; and adding that future episodes will discuss issues including the curriculum, supervision of teachers, interschool violence and other important issues for the Palestinian community.