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  • Nkosinathi Temba

We need to re-imagine the current school recognition and reward programs.

During each and every year-end, parents get anxious and nervous about the effects that school recognition and reward ceremonies have on their children. Some wonder, how come their children have been excluded even though they have shown significant improvement on their academic.



When it comes to school performance recognition and reward programs, it's important to remember that not all students are created equal. While some students may excel in traditional academic subjects, others may excel in areas such as art, music, or athletics. Still, others may struggle with traditional academic subjects but may excel in areas such as leadership, community service, or problem-solving.


Unfortunately, many school performance recognition and reward programs focus solely on recognizing and rewarding the top-performing students who are representative of only a small percentage of the student population. While these programs may be well-intentioned, they can have a negative impact on students who fall within the 50-70% range of the student population.


One of the main issues with traditional school performance recognition and reward programs is that they can create an environment of competition and comparison among students. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem among students who are not recognized or rewarded, even though they may be making significant progress in their own unique areas of strength.


Furthermore, these programs can create a culture of "winning at all costs" where students feel pressure to cheat or cut corners in order to achieve the recognition and rewards that are offered. This can lead to a lack of integrity and honesty among students, which can have long-term negative effects on their character development.

To combat these issues, it's important to have inclusive school performance recognition and reward programs that recognize and reward students for their unique strengths and progress. This can be achieved by having a more holistic approach to student performance that takes into account a variety of factors such as academic progress, creativity, leadership, and community service.


By recognizing and rewarding students for their unique strengths and progress, inclusive school performance recognition and reward programs can help to create a more positive and supportive learning environment for all students. Additionally, by recognizing and rewarding students for their unique strengths, it can help to foster a sense of pride and self-worth among students, which can lead to better academic performance and overall well-being.

Inclusive school performance recognition and reward programs can also help to encourage and motivate students to work harder and strive for excellence in their unique areas of strength. Additionally, recognizing and rewarding students for their unique strengths can help to foster a sense of community and belonging among students, which can lead to better social and emotional development.


In conclusion, while traditional school performance recognition and reward programs may be well-intentioned, they can have negative effects on students who fall within the 50-70% range of the student population. To combat these issues, it's important to have inclusive school performance recognition and reward programs that recognize and reward students for their unique strengths and progress. This can lead to a more positive and supportive learning environment for all students, foster a sense of pride and self-worth, and encourage and motivate students to work harder and strive for excellence.


The below high engaged tweet shares parents frustrations and ideas on school recognition and rewards programs.


https://twitter.com/MorolongZA/status/1598573321855021056?s=20&t=YJkhOTaAvMhMhp4PprjgTQ


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