The Ministry of Education is preparing to review the school curriculum

The Chronicle

Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Journalist

THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will soon begin consulting stakeholders to review the curriculum whose mandate expires this year.

The program was implemented in 2015 following the recommendations of the Nziramasanga Commission created in 1998 under the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Education and Training (CEIT).

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education

The commission was chaired by Dr Caiphas Nziramasanga, a senior lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.

Delivering a keynote address at the recent National Association of Primary School Heads (Naph) annual conference in Victoria Falls, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Evelyne Ndlovu, said the United Nations had reported that Zimbabwe’s literacy levels had dropped from 95% to 93% since 2015 because of Covid-19, among other challenges.

She said the ministry is now doubling down on basic literacy and numeracy to alleviate this regression, especially for learners in the most disadvantaged schools.

Doctor Evelyne Ndlovu

“As you all know, our program has run its course, that is to say from 2015 to 2022 and it is now to be reviewed. In line with this, the ministry has interacted with all provinces to assess its implementation from 2015 to 2022,” Dr. Ndlovu said.

“Soon, the ministry will involve all stakeholders in the country for their input.”

She said that school leaders have a role in mobilizing their schools and communities to participate in the review process.

“Your contribution will also be of the utmost importance since you are the people who implemented the program, so you know the positive aspects, towards its enrichment and where you think we should improve in the transformation of our education system” , said Dr. Ndlovu.

More than 1,200 school leaders attended the conference last week to share ideas and professional experiences under the theme: “Facing the future in the new normal”.

Dr Ndlovu said schools were the hardest hit by Covid-19 and praised President Mnangagwa for successfully leading the nation through this episode while adhering to standard operating procedures.

She reiterated the need to ensure that children are proficient in reading, writing, arithmetic and literacy in all schools and urged schools to adhere to established procedures when planning to review tuition fees and levies.

This follows complaints from parents and stakeholders about the conduct of some schools which disregard the policy when reviewing tuition fees, thus bringing discredit to the name of the ministry.

President Mnangagwa

Dr Ndlovu said education is a right and no child should be disadvantaged since the matter of school fees and levies is between the parent and the school. She said no school is allowed to withhold a learner’s results for non-payment of fees. No school should withdraw applicants’ results for any reason, Dr Ndlovu said.

“Our philosophy of education is rooted in Ubuntu/Unhu emphasizing science, technology and innovation, developing human capital and improving access to education, leaving no student or school behind.

“You should therefore strive to ensure that this philosophy guides your program implementation activities within the context of the competency-based program.” — @ncubeleon