The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has summoned the Education
Minister to address Parliament about the revised lower
secondary curriculum scrapping term examinations.
Oulanyah made the directive on Friday after Igara East MP Michael Mawanda questioned several issues in the revised curriculum whose implementation starts next month.
This after it was reported that the Ministry of Education through the
National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), had revised the curriculum and scrapped termly exams and instead replaced it with
projects that students will do at every end of the topic.
Teachers will then be required to note the students’ progress before any other
topic is introduced. However, teachers will be administering end of year exams
in order to give feedback to parents and guardians.
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The school instructional time will be from 8 am to 2;55 pm with
each lesson taking 40 minutes. However, the school day will end at 4:30 pm.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education was quoted
saying that training of teachers was already on-going since the new changes
take effect on 17th February 2020 with the pioneer class of Senior One.
Oulanyah said that the matter is extensive and needs the Education
Minister to appear before Parliament and explain the new changes. He tasked
David Bahati, the Minister of Planning who was in the House to notify the
Minister Janet Museveni.
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Government has already committed 72 billion Shillings to roll out the new
competence-based curriculum. It is hoped that the new changes will aid students
with creativity and innovation as opposed to just passing set exams.
The government started on the reform of the lower secondary curriculum in 2008 and
repackaged it into subjects opposed to learning areas.
NCDC is expected to distribute textbooks to the pioneer class of
Senior One in both public and private schools and also provide others as the students’
progress in the next classes.