Education Ministry Embarks on Curriculum Review Process PDF Print E-mail
 
Highlights
 
Process to take 60 to 90 days
All Schools to participate
Zimbabwe Education Blueprint-2015 to 2022 to be established
1999 CIET to be implemented
Curriculum overload to be reduced
 
Created: 23 October 2014
 
 
In a solidarity  speech the   ZIMTA President, Mr.  Richard Gundane welcomed the latest move by the   Ministry of   Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), of embarking on a curriculum review process that will run for the remaining 60 to   90 days of 2014. 
 
Stakeholders in education were invited to participate in the process where the data collected will be disseminated manually and electronically.
 
Speaking at the Curriculum Review Media Event, held  on October  14 ,in Harare, where ZIMTA was also in attendance,  the Minister of  Primary and Secondary Education,  Dr Lazarus Dokora said, “ the review will involve consultations at all schools country-wide as data is collected to elicit information on the type of curriculum people want.”
 
Presenting his solidarity speech at the launch, Mr. Gundane thanked the 1999 Presidential Commission of Inquiry in to Education and Training (CIET) ,Report, for taking into consideration ZIMTA’s contributions, adding that “ this would go a long way in promoting stakeholder buy in into the processes.”  
Stakeholders attending the media event heard that   consultations would be conducted at District, Provincial and National levels. They were also told that  parents, chiefs , headmen, business people and all communities would be involved  and that data would be collected and  disseminated manually and electronically.
 
Information from schools would be collated at cluster and district levels then disseminated to provincial and national centres for final consolidation and analysis.
 
“The data collected at the different levels will be collated, analyzed and used for developing a national curriculum blue print, Zimbabwe Education Blueprint-2015-2022” said Dr. Dokora.
 
The Curriculum review is about implementing the recommendations of the 1999 Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Education and Training (CIET).
 
“The review needs   to embrace a holistic approach to learning and teaching as recommended in the CIET report hence the decision by Ministry to review the curriculum for infant, junior and secondary education,” he said.
 
Dokora said the curriculum should be reviewed to ensure that it is relevant and caters for the needs of the various leaners as they pursue their interests, adding that new cross curricular dimensions and cross disciplinary subjects were emerging hence the need to integrate them through a curriculum review thus reducing the curriculum overload.
 
Making learning active, challenging and enjoyable, being interactive and pinpointed, including  a wide range of experiences and achieving a suitable blend of what has traditionally been seen as academic and vocational, giving opportunities for learners to make appropriate choices to meet their individual interests and needs, while ensuring that these choices lead to successful outcomes and ensuring that assessment supports learning , were among the listed  items in the minister’s speech, that the reviewed  curriculum should be able to facilitate.
 
The launch of the Curriculum Review Process was attended by teacher staff associations, the media, captains of industry and commerce, principal directors and other senior government officials and ministers.
 
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