Govt reviewing education curriculum

THE Primary and Secondary Education ministry has embarked on an evaluation exercise to “fine-tune” the curriculum to run from 2023 and 2030.

In a statement, the ministry said the curriculum evaluation exercise would run until August 5, 2022.

Currently, the ministry said it was meeting parents, teachers and other stakeholders to gather views.

“With the curriculum cycle ending 2022, the Primary and Secondary Education ministry is carrying out a terminal curriculum evaluation exercise across the country from today to August 5,” the statement read.

“Our teams will meet teachers, pupils and parents to record their views on the curriculum. This phase of the review is targeting schools. Dates will be provided, especially for the next phase which will target all stakeholders. We are operating under the mantra ‘leaving no one and no place behind’. The curriculum review process, which will see all stakeholders getting an opportunity to give their views, will culminate in the crafting of a new curriculum framework for the 2023-30 cycle.”

Former Primary and Secondary Education minister David Coltart told NewsDay that there was need for the ministry to seriously consider all issues being raised by relevant stakeholders.

“When holding such an evaluation exercise, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education should consider four fundamentals to ensure the curriculum review and reform process is a success,” he said.

“Firstly, there should be sufficient consultations between the ministry, teachers, educationists, trade unions and parents. The ministry should consider offering adequate training to teachers so that they can teach that curriculum. You cannot just introduce a new curriculum to a vacuum.

“There is need to produce adequate educational materials to support the new curriculum, for example textbooks. There should also be adequate funding for provisions, especially with regards to vocational education.”

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said: “The ministry has not involved us and we thought as a critical shareholder, it is obliged to talk to us and engage us. In 2018, we were engaged thoroughly, but all of a sudden, we are not involved.”

Zimbabwe Teachers Association president Richard Gundane said: “We have not yet received the invitation for the exercise, but I am sure the ministry will inform us of the exercise as it always engage us and consider our suggestions.”

Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro said: “We started the physical consultations yesterday (Tuesday). We will be consulting all the relevant stakeholders to fine-tune the curriculum. That is where all the contentious issues to do with the Continuous Assessment Leaning areas will be discussed to address all the concerns that have been raised.” Newsday

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