The School is strongly committed to promoting and enhancing quality education. Better trained and skilled teachers provide a more varied, interesting and enriched learning experience for students.
Teachers are recruited through a rigorous selection process. Candidates present a demonstration lesson, which is used to assess their teaching skills. They also undergo a written and oral interview by the School administration. The teacher selection criteria include: competence and experience in the subject area, understanding of modern teaching methods and commitment to broad-based learning, motivation towards the teaching-learning process and openness to change.
Teachers are mainly Ugandan professionals with representation from other cultural backgrounds who are dedicated to MOCK’s educational philosophy and to bringing out the best from each child and also naturing a holistic Citizen. Many have Degrees; some are distinguished authors, examiners, researchers or curriculum developers.
Continuing Professional Development
A unique feature of Mount of Olives College Kakiri is the emphasis on the Continuous Professional Development for all staff members. We are part of the British Counsel partnership, which promotes global education and student-centered teaching at participating schools.
The School regularly organizes workshops and seminars for management and teaching staff. In-house implementation of best practice methodology is overseen by senior staff. This is part of the MOCK’s Education Service’s policy to constantly improve educational standards.
Teachers keep abreast of pedagogical research, incorporating effective and diverse teaching techniques into the classroom. The College regularly discusses and shares books, materials and teaching techniques, promoting a learning culture among teachers.
Day to day professional staff development takes place in the classroom rather than in workshops. Ultimately, the processes of professional development and appraisal must benefit students, who deserve the very best the School can offer.
The effectiveness of any school is clearly linked to the attitudes, qualities and skills of its teaching staff and an intensive appraisal process is necessary to stimulate exemplary performance.
Teaching and non-teaching staff appraisal takes place periodically throughout the year and a formal evaluation takes place at year-end. Department heads, deputy head teacher and the head teachers observe classes. It is normal practice for staff to appraise one another through class visits or team teaching and reflect on teaching practices.
Syllabus coverage is monitored every term by the Academic Team, who appraises work schemes, records and student exercise books.