Mkandawire Sitwe Benson (2008) Why school facilities and equipments are important for effective implementation of a curriculum.
A facility is something designed or created to provide a service or fulfill a need. These include library buildings, play grounds, classrooms, toilets, laboratories, recreation halls and many others. While Equipment in this context is referring to what is housed or what is put in the facilities. These may include balls, computer, apparatus, books, rulers, maps and desks.
• It would be very difficult for a particular curriculum to be implemented with books, libraries, toilets and classroom due to the fact that learners for example, would be lining up to use one toilet or go very far to help themselves thereby wasting a lot of time for learning. Facilities can help foster teaching which is effective because they enable learners involve themselves in a variety of stimulating activities.
• Better facilities affect the quality of education in schools. For example if the classroom has facilities for the physically challenged, they can feel accepted and so they can learn freely.
• Learner’s physical environment affects their study behavior. The library should be made in such a way that learners are not disturbed by noise and must be stoked with different types of books which appeal to their individual needs. If this is done then there will be active forms of learning which in turn will reflect the curriculum.
• Play grounds are places were children begin to develop their social skills. They learn how to deal with other people. They learn how to associate with friends as they communicate when playing games. They learn games and follow rules of such games. Play provides a stable foundation where bricks are added until they mature. Minds and imaginations grow.
• Many schools don’t provide adequate space resources for children. This can have a negative effect on learners and on the curriculum implementation. This means that classrooms have to be spacious and quiet for pupils to read properly. Poor ventilation, heating or lighting problems and poor physical security can make learning very difficulty for pupils.
• Offices are also important for teachers to create more time for special need learners. This can prepare what to teach pupils and mark the work. If the teacher has no office where they can sit and relax, it can have a negative effect on their work and so learners will suffer the consequences.
• Facilities and equipment should suit the environment and should help in implementing the curriculum. For instance computers cannot be supplied to a school where there no electricity or any source of power. Just as water borne toilets cannot be provided where there is no permanent source of water. If these are just provided any how then learning will not take place.
• It is therefore important that school authorities make proper decisions when building and designing learning facilities. How buildings are designed, can have serious implications for health and learning of children and this in turn may affect the curriculum.
• Note that: School facilities and equipment therefore can have a negative impact on the implementation of the curriculum if they are not available or if they are in deplorable state. Conversely, if school facilities and equipment are in good state and in correct supply, all the planned experiences to be offered to the learners can be adequately implemented and learning would take place effectively. Thus school facilities and equipment are vital if the curriculum has to be implemented.
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