2023-11-29 21:38

Kobus van Wyk

One size does not fit all

Once the selection has been made
  Based on pure common sense
A sound foundation must be laid
  Then real work does commence
A visit to the school is paid
  To get in project mode
And after introductions made
  The show is on the road
Stakeholder roles are first explained
  It is made very clear
Control is by the schools retained
  But Khanya is the steer
Do not attempt to patronize
  This has a bad effect
Schools’ input always recognize
  Treat them with great respect
The point on which one first consults
  And all must then agree
What are the aimed for end results
  What will the outcomes be
Though I T in a school will please
  It’s no frivolity
In schools all learning must increase
  With new technology
The final product must provide
  An education tool
All other issues override
  Obey this golden rule
The jam that Grandma used to make
  Much better does it taste
Than what you from a bought tin take
  That often goes to waste
Her secret lies in the plain fact
  That higher quality
Could be produced when you react
  To smaller quantity
The lesson that is thus inferred
  Steer clear – don’t mass produce –
At all costs one must be deterred
  Don’t practise this abuse
With care consider every school
  The big as well as small
Don’t view them just as one huge pool
  One size just won’t fit all
This truth Khanya the hard way learned
  Obsessed with equity
In many cases fingers burned
  Through this absurdity
The goal of secondary schools
  And primary schools’ aim
Both led by diff’rent sets of rules
  They’re simply not the same
A school within a metropole
  Has challenges unique
And has a vastly diff’rent goal
  To what the rurals seek
Consider culture difference
  Which each one must respect
With this deal with great deference
  In each minute aspect
The schools with classes multi-grade
  Have needs that are diverse
There simply can not be one scale
  One must be mould averse
There are so many things that make
  Each school a diff’rent place
That it would be unwise to take
  All as a sim’lar space
On schools do simply not impose
  That which for one seems best
A good solution – don’t suppose –
  Will always suit the rest
This principle firmly embrace
  – There is a difference –
The plans adapt then in each case
  To suit each preference
When all agree then try to find
  A room that’s suitable
Collectively apply the mind
  To what’s available
Just pause a moment and assume
  That it will be required
For one to use a single room
  To house the lab desired
What should be noted is the fact
  – For true learner rehab –
That P Cs in classrooms impact
  Much more than in a lab
A claim is made that overseas
  From labs they move away
But bear in mind that their increase
  Took place not in a day
Computing that’s ubiquitous
  By some hotly pursued
In Africa – ridiculous –
  If not with thought construed
A smart leap frog – do some suggest –
  Over a lab must jump
In classrooms rather do invest
  The lab concept just dump
A wise man caution gives – take care –
  When leap frogging you are
The horns of unicorns – beware –
  This jump won’t get you far
By no means take a jump that might
  Be difficult to gauge
On outcomes clearly set your sight
  Don’t skip a vital stage
The I T goal for schools must be
  A P C in each place
But where to start is hard to see
  As well as the right pace
Experience to date does show
  The place where one must start
A lab is best and then must grow
  The horse before the cart
It gives all in the school a chance
  Progressively to learn
With time their P C skills enhance
  Their I T colours earn
With an increase in confidence
  Their talents will expand
Use I T tools with diligence
  Each one that is at hand
The end result – a distant aim –
  Computers in each class
In time will justify the claim
  That they a lab surpass
What follows is thus based upon
  A supposition plain
A single lab concept is on
  For the initial gain
Take note that schools were never built
  To have computer labs
Plans thus may often have to tilt
  Towards what’s up for grabs
Remodel an existing room
  With class facilities
But note that it one has to groom
  For lab abilities
To choose a room is quite a bind
  It takes a skilled expert
It could become a massive grind
  The purse it too will hurt
At times one has to build a place
  When classrooms are too few
A crowded school is a disgrace
  This needs a good review
How could one possibly complete
  A task as huge as this
Do not be tempted to retreat
  The goal one must not miss
There is no longer time to waste
  The project you must plan
So to the rescue Khanya’ll haste
  The spirit is you can

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