‘Ca­pac­i­tate teach­ers for new cur­ricu­lum’

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THE Gov­ern­ment has said prac­tis­ing teach­ers need to be re­trained in prepa­ra­tion for the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum be­ing in­tro­duced by the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion next year.

The Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, said this while ad­dress­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic at Hill­side Teacher’s Col­lege’s 57th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day where 511 teach­ers grad­u­ated.

“An­other im­me­di­ate re­quire­ment for the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new cur­ricu­lum is that prac­tis­ing teach­ers should be ca­pac­i­tated to fa­cil­i­tate the teach­ing of new con­tent.

“There­fore, our Min­istry col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion will in­sti­tute in-ser­vice train­ing pro­grammes for teach­ers tak­ing into ac­count the na­tional schools cal­en­dar,” said Prof Moyo.

He said teacher train­ing col­leges should ad­just their syl­labi in prepa­ra­tion for the new cur­ricu­lum.

The new cur­ricu­lum will see sub­jects such as Fam­ily and Re­li­gious Stud­ies, Agri­cul­ture En­gi­neer­ing and Hor­ti­cul­ture be­ing in­tro­duced.

Prof Moyo said teach­ers’ col­leges need to brace for the im­mi­nent changes in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“It is im­por­tant for Hill­side and its sis­ter col­leges to pro­duce teach­ers for the new sec­ondary school cur­ricu­lum that the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion will start im­ple­ment­ing in 2017,” said Prof Moyo.

He said as his Min­istry is ush­er­ing the Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (Stem) rev­o­lu­tion, teach­ers’ col­leges should com­ple­ment the rev­o­lu­tion by en­rolling more sci­ence teacher trainees.

Prof Moyo said the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor can only im­prove if teacher’s col­leges come to the party.

“Schools can only have stu­dents achiev­ing the ex­pected high learn­ing out­comes if teach­ers’ col­leges raise teacher skills and depth of con­tent. To raise the com­pe­tences of teach­ers, Gov­ern­ment is look­ing at in­creas­ing the num­ber of in­sti­tu­tions that of­fer teach­ing de­grees,” he said.

Prof Moyo said it was en­cour­ag­ing that most col­leges are pre­pared for the new chal­lenge say­ing they have con­firmed hav­ing req­ui­site in­fra­struc­ture to start of­fer­ing de­grees.

He urged Hill­side Teacher’s Col­lege to con­sider in­tro­duc­ing China’s Man­darin lan­guage as the Asian coun­try has be­come a global force for trade.

“In line with cur­rent global trends, Hill­side Teacher’s Col­lege has an op­por­tu­nity to start pro­duc­ing teach­ers in other lan­guages such as Man­darin in or­der to pro­mote tourism. It is also true that the num­ber of stu­dents go­ing to study in China is grow­ing and that cre­ates a need for teach­ing Man­darin,” said Prof Moyo. — @nqot­shili

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