Competence-Based Curriculum Set For Review

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has commenced reviewing the Competence-Based Curriculum as the current seven-year cycle is coming to an end this year.

This was revealed by the permanent secretary in the Ministry, Tumisang Thabela, while speaking at the presentation of the Secretary’s Merit Award to Nyamhunga Number 1 Government Primary School in Kariba on Saturday. She said:

To date, a terminal evaluation has been undertaken. You are all invited to participate so that you can proffer suggestions on what to be taken on board or discard for the next cycle.

In light of the learning poverty that prevailed due to COVID-19-induced school closures, the ministry came up with a cocktail of alternative learning spaces.

This entails blended learning, the development of catch-up materials and compressed syllabi for accelerated learning.

In 2017, the school attained a pass rate of 72%, 78% in 2018 and 89% in 2019. This is quite commendable.

I have been made aware, however, that the school experienced a slight decline of 86% pass rate in 2020 and 83% in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Secretary’s Merit Awards awarded to the school include the Head’s tablet and certificate of excellence, 40 tablets, a projector, an electronic interactive board, and a laptop. | NewsDay

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