Address Challenges of New Curriculum [editorial]

Last week, head teachers from Kawempe division in Kampala met to discuss the new curriculum, due to be introduced for lower secondary schools in 2017.

And just like has been raised elsewhere, there were concerns that the government may not have prepared adequately for the new curriculum, expected to bring learning into a new realm.

For years, today’s parents and experts cringed at the material learned in school and realised that much of it was useless to their daily survival. Lessons about Nyungu ya Maawe’s exploits, life in the Rhinelands, Pampas and the North American prairies, have had no impact for the average Ugandan.

Others watched haplessly as teachers soldiered on in class, trying to solve algebra problems, but most learners wonder what the effort was for.

So, the new curriculum was meant to make learning more relevant to the learner. Thus instead of the 42 subjects, there are seven learning areas, deemed critical for one to get on in life.

But as the head teachers complained, the process of bringing this new curriculum has been shrouded in secrecy since its start in 2007. They wondered why the ministry has not done enough consultation with the teachers supposed to bring the curriculum to life.

The head teachers also wondered why the current crop of student teachers are not being trained on the new curriculum, even as it becomes clear just about every current teacher will have to be retooled in the new way of teaching.

Despite every effort to respond, head teachers believe that the ministry is not answering these questions adequately. Over to you at the ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports.

Source : The Observer

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