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Greener Journal of  Educational Research Vol. 8(6), pp. 131-136, August 2018

 ISSN: 2276-7789 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 080218110


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJER.2018.6.080218110)

 

Performance Lag Address Programme (PLAP):  The View of Teachers in Inclusive Primary and Secondary Schools

 

 

Dr. Phillimon Mahanya

 

 Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.


Abstract


The policy on Education For All (EFA) has been the hallmark of access to education with equal opportunities, equal provision of services and allocation of resources towards basic education in Zimbabwe. To this effect, The Director’s Circular number 26 of 2008 on guidelines on remedial work at primary and secondary school levels alludes to Performance Lag Address Programme (PLAP). This study was prompted by the unevenness of the training of teachers by non specialist professionals and the ineffective use of non-standardised assessment tools for screening learners. This creates professional doldrums of what exactly teachers should do.  The aim was to capacitate accountability approaches towards PLAP. The research was qualitative and a case design was applied. A sample of 80 participants comprising education officers, schools administrators and teachers was purposively drawn from Masvingo District namely, offices, primary and secondary schools respectively. Semi-structured interviews, an open ended questionnaire and document analysis were used to generate data. It emerged from the study that most PLAP trainers are not in tandem with the mechanics of Individualised Educational Programmes (IEP) and most of teachers are confused with PLAP demands and voluntarily opted not to engage in the programme. It is recommended that PLAP trainers should be specialist professionals with qualifications in special needs education should not hurriedly and haphazardly train teachers. Training centres should also be established and should equip teachers with requisite mechanics of handling diverse learners


Keywords: Lag, programme, inclusive education, remedial work, assessment tools.

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