The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has introduced a Catch-up strategy for primary and secondary school pupils that will see learners completing 2020 material before proceeding to this year’s classes.
Schools were closed for the greater part of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pupils lost a great deal of learning time as a result.
Under the programme, pupils will have to redo their preceding levels syllabi in the first term before proceeding to the next level where necessary.
For instance, those who are in Grade Two this year will have to first complete the Grade One material.
The Catch-up strategy document, which was sent to schools and District School Inspectors, was signed by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cain Mathema last week.
The new learning model provides guidelines for the practical delivery of blended teaching and learning, catch-up activities to compensate for lost learning time, and a coordinated system for accelerated learning.
This will involve the use of alternative learning platforms for the benefit of pupils. Said Mathema:
The guidelines in this strategy are intended to trigger more school-based innovative strategies for the inclusive, full coverage of syllabi to cover up lost teaching and learning time.
The catch-up strategies are grouped into three categories, namely content, learner and teacher enhancement strategies.
Mathema said the blended teaching and learning approach makes use of both the traditional face-to-face classroom interaction, online learning, home and school-led community-based learning.
Tutorial support will be provided as well as the use of printed self-study guides, revision notes and other modules.