XXII The e-plan

This one’s the e-plan – just be clear –

  It is a different map

From implementing you now veer

  To fill the learning gap

 

The plan describes five different e’s

  To which schools must aspire

These are new fields where expertise

  All teachers must acquire

 

The use of e – ubiquitous –

  One finds it ev’rywhere

Misusing it – ridiculous –

  Quote it with utmost care

 

By now all know the letter e

  About this – a great buzz –

Of drudgery it sets one free

  It changes all one does

 

Consider first the e-teacher

  Which helps all teachers be

In classroom teaching far richer

  Let them new vistas see

 

They strive to be e-competent

  Much from this to be gained

But for this to be evident

  They must be P C trained

 

E leads to productivity

  And opens many doors

It speeds up each activity

  Makes light of many chores

 

By hand no longer do they write

  Test papers are now typed

Can change these until they are right

  Mistakes like magic wiped

 

These papers can be stored for years

  Re-used again next time

They may be traded with their peers

  To share is not a crime

 

First goal that teachers must strive for

  Use e to ease their work

This helps them now to do far more

  A most productive perk

 

Computers must the learners teach

  This is the ult’mate goal

For this each good teacher must reach

  And strive to this e-role

 

This calls for change of their mindset

  A paradigm must shift

The kids great benefit will get

  Teachers – a morale lift

 

The e-learner is the next one

  With focus on the child

Round teachers’ minds theirs soon will run

  In circles free and wild

 

Encourage learners to explore

  The world wide web to surf

To unknown heights their minds will soar

  While they stay on home turf

 

To each give an e-mail address

  Enter the world domain

But once they have all this access

  Must from abuse refrain 

 

Provide them with all resources

  That are available

Support all the subject courses

   Show what’s attainable

 

When kids leave school eventu’lly

  For e they’re qualified

Will find employment gainfully

  The e-goal satisfied

 

The digital gap is thus closed

  They for themselves can fend

To all e forms they are exposed

  Before their school years end

 

The third e is e-management

  This must be highlighted

School leaders must be competent

  And be e-farsighted

 

Some principals are left behind

  When they e-sessions skip

Their own e-way they can not find

  No e-fruits can they reap

 

They must make sure they are au fait

  With all the I T tools

Then see to it they’re used each day

  Until they have e-schools

 

On P C use they must insist

  No manual report

Some teachers may of course resist

  Heads must deal with this sort

 

The Board of Governors – they too –

  Must be exposed to e

Each one of the entire crew

  I T aware must be

 

E-admin is another one

  To this schools must attend

A process done by hand – no fun –

  To e one now must bend

 

Data in cabinets obscured

  May be quite hard to find

An admin package that’s procured

  Can put these woes behind

 

No hand accounts should be produced

  Gone is the admin fret

The error level is reduced

  Without a drop of sweat

 

To keep class lists is quite a bore

  If this by hand is done

Maintaining registers a chore

  A load that weighs a ton

 

An e-package will serve one well

  Since greater speed is gained

The nature of reports will tell

  That lists are e-maintained

 

The final e –  e-document –

  It helps to save a tree

It too makes one more competent

  From paper hassles free

 

Heads must a policy proclaim

  No more paper memos

To use email is now the aim

  The e-less gap must close

 

Old style file piles steal lots of space

  Which now can be reduced

Scanned images can take their place

  While file space is reused

 

It’s not at all an easy quest

  The five e’s to perfect

But if schools try their very best

  It will have good effect

 

A plan that spans a year or two

  Is drafted for these e’s

Less than this simply would not do

  There can not be a squeeze

 

The school staff now has to be trained

  To use what was installed

For greater value to be gained

  No one may be stone walled

 

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