PARENTS are being asked to give their children proper support as the new school term begins today.
Education Minister Filipe Bole said the final term of 2013 was important with examinations beginning from October.
"Time is very short. It is during this time of the year that students greatly need our support and encouragement. Parents need to lessen the workload given at home and allocate more time for their children towards their studies," Mr Bole said.
"TV time, if limited to the news, would be great, as control measures need to be in place so that students can revise. For parents who love the company of neighbours in talanoa sessions over a bowl of grog, it is preferable that they go to the community hall or any other place, as long as the children are not disturbed during their study time."
He also called on teachers to dedicate their time to their students.
"Your time is what students will require most from you as examinations draw nearer. The ministry hopes that you will avail yourselves when students come around seeking assistance.
"Lessons need to be prepared well in advance, notes simplified, charts and other visual aids should be displayed appropriately.
"To be an excellent teacher, one has to be thorough with one's content. When a teacher fully understands a concept, then he/she will be in a better position to explain it in very simple terms to students,"said Mr Bole.
He said students might be impressed with a teacher's usage of highfalutin expressions, however, if those terms were not clearly explained, then time was wasted and students would become passive listeners.
"It is therefore important that teachers make use of their spare time researching, collecting information, sharing with fellow teachers or seeking assistance from more senior teachers. Collaboration among staff members is highly encouraged for the improvement of students' academic performance."