SUPERVISION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE ROLE OF THE HEADMASTER IN EFFECTIVE SCHOOL SUPERVISION AND RE-ENGINEERING OF THE NIGERIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM.
Dr Okon Etim Okon
Faculty of Education, University Of Nigeria
The role of the headmaster remains a recurrent topic in any discussion on educational management because of the significance attached to the supervisory role he plays within the school system, and in ensuring sustainable development. The concept of supervisory effectiveness is conceived in terms of:
(i) the skills displayed by the supervisor which are capable of facilitating effective teaching and learning as well as (ii) pupils learning the expressed aim of teaching. The paper discusses the supervisory role of the headmaster within the school system as that of a professional leader, a change-agent and a support to teachers and pupils. The need for the headmaster to make his supervisory competence felt in the classroom, regarded as the heart of teaching, is emphasized. Classroom supervision combined with clinical supervision is recommended as a technique that could bring about effective supervision in the school; in the quest for sustainable development as part of millennium development goals.