The implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum has been affected by the lack of instructional materials, reduced time schedules, and the shortage of teachers.
Beginning with this academic year, on the instructions of the Ministry of Education and Sports, all secondary schools were expected to commence conducting lessons under the new lower secondary school curriculum as revised by the National Curriculum Development Centre-NCDC.
The new curriculum comprises of among other things, conducting student-centered teaching, performing extensive practical and Information Computer Technology-ICT based lessons, a new teaching approach which aims at producing highly innovative and self-reliant students.
However, many schools sampled by Salt Radio across the country are struggling to conduct lessons under the new curriculum due to lack of instructional materials. Many do not have learning guides, assessment frameworks and student’s textbooks, among others.
Andrew Akol, the Director of Studies at Centenary High School in Nyendo, Masaka municipality says that despite the significance of the new curriculum towards producing highly competent students, the implementation is still slow.
He equally points to the lack of instructional materials and limited knowledge among teachers.
Robert Wozemba, the Director of Studies at Blessed Sacrament Kimanya Secondary School, also says they are yet to get the required teaching materials for effecting learning under the new curriculum.
Wozemba who was among the teachers that attended the regional orientation training by National Curriculum Development Centre, says they expected the Ministry of Education to directly send-in all the materials, a process they have not expedited.
At Luweero Central Secondary School, Vincent Kakooza, the geography teacher explained that unlike the old curriculum, the new curriculum is student-centered and encourages critical thinking.
Kakooza notes that they were able to assess the teaching materials from the National Curriculum Development Centre website (www.ncdc.go.ug) to kick start the implementation after failing to attain hard copies.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES
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