Mathema ‘blindly’ lauds online education


PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Cain Mathema recently lauded online lessons and their alleged attendant effects, further impressing on the desire for these lectures to be buttressed by home based remedies.

Addressing journalists after a presentation to members of the security forces, Mathema made claims that it was essential for the Government of Zimbabwe to now move ahead and make Internet-based education universal, only coming in with intermittent interventions to support it at home.

His comments are in contrast with French psychologist Jean Peaget’s 20th Century four cognitive stages for child development.

The second, third and fourth group under cognitive skills include the ability to fully pay attention (short term memory, long term memory, logic and reasoning, and auditory processing, visual processing, and processing speed).

These are the skills the brain uses to think, learn, read, remember, pay attention, and solve problems.

In an average child, each of the four stages represents a learning curve as learners interact with their environment.

But within the realm of strictly observable education, the three last stages (even up to adulthood) are critical.

But Mathema appears to perceive online training as befitting to learners in general.

He made the remarks after his presentation on the role of education in nation-building and development at the Zimbabwe National Defence University.

“Once you have online learning, it means the child has to be assisted at home.

“I cannot accept that public schools at this moment do not have online learning facilities; there is absolutely no reason at all.

“Each school has enough land for commercial activity,” Mathema said.

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