New curriculum for Ordinary Level, 7 compulsory subjects, 10 standard, maximum number capped at 12

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora introduced a New Education Curriculum for Ordinary Level.  The number of compulsory subjects has been set at 7 and the standard number of subjects has been set at 10.    The new curriculum also sets a maximum of 2  more subjects for those who wished to pursue more.  Meaning that the maximum number of subjects is 12.

According to the new curriculum,  the 7 compulsory subjects are:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Physical Education and Sport and Mass Display
  3. General Science
  4. Mathematics
  5. Indigenous Languages
  6. English Language
  7. Heritage Studies

After these 7 compulsory languages,  students will be allowed to choose three more elective subjects. Those students who wish to increase the number of subjects will be allowed to add an additional 2 subjects, meaning they will be choosing 5 subjects.

The Elective Subjects are:

  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Economic History
  • Family and Religious Studies.


The other elective subjects are:

  • Business and Enterprise Skills
  •  Commerce
  • Commercial Studies
  • Economics
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Building Technology and Design Forms,
  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Metal Technology and Design
  • Home Management and Design
  • Technical Graphics and Design
  • Textile Technology and Design
  • Wood Technology and Design
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Musical and theatre

The new curriculum came into full effect this term, with emphasis being put on strengthening Mathematics, Science, Technology, Vocational studies, Humanities and Heritage studies that would be made compulsory at all level.

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74 comments on “New curriculum for Ordinary Level, 7 compulsory subjects, 10 standard, maximum number capped at 12

  1. Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this
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  2. Why making noise about vocational education when only agriculture is included among the core subjects and the rest are under elective subjects. Remember these subjects were labeled as fit for the less able students academically. How will students appreciate vocational education if it’s made to be optional

  3. hy guys ,this new curriculum is really doing form 3 @ vainona high ,since form 1 i had never had my favourate now wow its lyk, all the subjects ar my favourates

  4. This new curriculum is garbage , nigga we aint robots how we suppose to do all that , i like things the way they were .

    1. the aim is for us to work hard and have the ability to make our own products and instruments not claiming from others

  5. this new cir iz best for well developed countries (not Zimbabw)& financialy stable parents ..who can afford gadgets & data bundles for researchers ..

    1. this thing it ain’t worth it otherwise we being subjected to t hardships ,our education standards are going to be downgraded nationwide and the # of pass rate will increase and so does unemployment, Nothing to like here either otherwise. we jumping from the pot to fire

  6. This new curriculum must be removed cz wht do they say about those who are in villages this is not gud at all

  7. guyz onestly mukati hazviiti zvinoramba let us try and see yatovapo yatovapo anoti haatambi zhakata musaladd papati dziriidzo ngoma dziripo anodiii

    1. shaaz mwana asingachemi anofira mumbereko
      haungadyi ndove nekuti ndiyo iri mundiro
      stick to something productive!!

  8. Honestly the new curriculum thing is not gud coz hatisisina kana tym yekuverenga tichingoita matask of wc matask acho are complicated ?

  9. Guyz Dokora saw dat a lot of pple wer gettin a lot of A’s..;lyk 10As….so he saw dat pple wer now underestimating education…so he introduced th new curriculum…kuti muone kuti chikoro chakapenga….

  10. the new curriculum is very costly and not fair we must not be forced to do those tasks and projects some of us want to write the old curriculum which was suppose to expire on 2020

  11. the new curriculum is not fair to those who leave in the villages because some come from poor backgrounds they cant afford the money to buy flat files and also phones or laptops to do the research

  12. honestly, the new curriculum is not making perfect sense. We’re spending alot of time doing these tasks and projects. We hardly get time to read right now because we will be trying to beat the school deadline. Tasks and projects came late as well. I think ZImsec should consider going back to the old ways. Did they ever put the children in rural areas into consideration because even for us who stay in urban areas also face difficulties trying to access internet services. Th new curriculum should be for the more economically developed countries, it wont hurt to keep it very simple and straight forward. Most of our teachers do not even know how to do most of the required tasks. Not even sample examination papers we sent. It is just so unfair

    1. Gyz is it possible for me to write maths and English of the old curriculum as a private candidate in November 2018?Also is it allowed to register only the two subjects or else we l gat go back to form 3 ?

    1. I tink è new curriculum is good in terms of everytn bt panyaya yamatasks chte apa n projects nopakaipa especially 4 us maform 4 ..we didn’t have tym

  13. This new curriculum it’s not worthful.. kana vaida kungo introducer macomputers it was fine kumwe kwese uko ngavasiye zvaivepo..

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