Private government-aided schools in Gulu City have decried the lack of learner’s
material and teaching guides for implementing the new lower secondary
curriculum. In February 2020, the National Curriculum Development Centre
– NCDC rolled the new learner-centred curriculum.
However, the outbreak of the
global Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) interrupted the implementation of the
curriculum as the government closed school as part of the control measures against
the spread of the virus. On April 12, the Ministry of Education allowed
the resumption of Senior One classes countrywide.
Now, the administrators of several private schools, say they
don’t have the teaching aids to facilitate the new program. Dorcas Tulina, the
Head-teacher of Charity College explains that the school is struggling to access
teachers and learner’s guides to enable them to roll out the new curriculum.
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The situation is not
any different at Bishop Angelo Negri College, a faith founded school. Tibert
Amaru, the Director of Studies disclosed to URN that they have not received the
learners and teaching material.
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Irene Mwaka, the Head-teachers of Gulu Senior Secondary School disclosed that
they have received the requisite resources and the concerned teachers are
undergoing induction courses for effective implementation of the curriculum.
In early 2020, more than 750 teachers drawn from across 145 schools in eight
districts of Acholi sub-region assembled at Sacred Heart Secondary School in
Gulu City for a week-long training on the implementation of the curriculum.
However, the teachers expressed un-readiness to roll out at the time.
At the roll-out of the training Programme for the new curriculum for teachers, Bernard
Janja, a Curriculum Development Specialist at NCDC under the Education Ministry
encouraged schools to locally mobilize resources to counter the scarcity
of materials for the effective roll-out of the curriculum as Government thinks
of more funding to facilitate the new development.
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NCDC has condensed 43 subjects from the old curriculum to 21 under the new
curriculum. Schools will be expected to teach
12 subjects at senior 1&2, out of which 11 will be compulsory while one
will be optional.
The approved curriculum will see senior 3&4 learners
concentrate on a minimum of eight and a maximum of nine subjects, seven of them
compulsory. The school routine will be expected to end at 4:30 pm.
to the curriculum, teachers will accumulate learners’ achievement from
formative assessment in the sequence of four years to find an average score
that will contribute 20 per cent in the final exams set by Uganda National
Examinations Board- UNEB