Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora gave his many detractors ammunition after he reportedly rushed to implement a new curriculum without making proper consultations. The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe has slammed the minister for his short sighted and knee jerk reaction policy implementation.
The PTUZ claims that the new curriculum will be difficult to implement due to issues such as limitations of time and resources.
PTUZ president, Takavafira Zhou said:
In a rushed and unrealistic move, the Primary and Secondary Education ministry has announced that a new curriculum must be implemented with effect from next Tuesday
This move is not only intransigent and callous, but also a monumental injustice, impermeable to reason and facts.
Fundamentally, the syllabi are not readily available in schools. The teaching material or textbooks for the new curricula are not readily available, yet there are completely new subjects that have been introduced such as Heritage Studies and Economic History.
Above all, teachers, as key implementers of the new curriculum, have not received the adequate in-service training necessary for the immediate implementation.