New cur­ricu­lum at­tracts Sadc coun­tries: Dokora

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

THE new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum which Gov­ern­ment plans to im­ple­ment in Jan­uary next year has al­ready at­tracted at­ten­tion from Sadc coun­tries with South Africa pre­par­ing to send its pupils to at­tend school in the coun­try to tap into the new sys­tem.

Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Lazarus Dokora on Wed­nes­day told about 1 700 head­mas­ters at­tend­ing the 26th Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary School Heads (NAPH) con­fer­ence here that Namibia had also re­quested to have a look at the cur­ricu­lum with a view to adopt­ing it.

“I had a meet­ing with South Africa’s Min­is­ter of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion (Angie Mot­shekga) who said her coun­try will be send­ing pupils to learn in Zim­babwe from Form 1 up to Form 4 be­cause they want to tap into our new cur­ricu­lum,” he said.

Dr Dokora said South Africa, whose ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is filled with Zim­bab­wean teach­ers, wants to train teach­ers lo­cally as the neigh­bour­ing coun­try seeks to ben­e­fit from the qual­ity of the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

“South Africa wants to par­tic­i­pate in our cur­ricu­lum and if they start train­ing their teach­ers here, don’t you see op­por­tu­ni­ties in that? Namibia also took the doc­u­ment for pe­rusal be­cause they are in­ter­ested in it and you hear some of you say­ing they don’t want to im­ple­ment it,” he said.

Dr Dokora said the craft­ing of the new cur­ricu­lum was a long journey which started with a mere bud­get of $1,3 mil­lion out of the re­quired $18,7 mil­lion.

He en­cour­aged school heads to “lead from the front be­cause it’s es­sen­tial that we get its im­ple­men­ta­tion right the first time.”

With a lit­er­acy rate of 92 per­cent, added Dr Dokora, Zim­babwe has an as­set that should be utilised and all stake­hold­ers should strive to push that rate to 100 per­cent.

“Learn­ers are ex­cited and we shouldn’t fail them be­cause this is their op­por­tu­nity.

“It is there­fore im­per­a­tive for all school heads to give pri­or­ity to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new cur­ricu­lum which should be your guide ev­ery day.

“Gov­ern­ment has given you the stew­ard­ship of the new cur­ricu­lum so you should have the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with all part­ners in­volved,” he said.

NAPH pres­i­dent Mrs Cyn­thia Khu­malo said the con­fer­ence is meant to re­flect on chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing with the new cur­ricu­lum as they draw closer to im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod.

She said school heads were ready to im­ple­ment the new con­cept and take ed­u­ca­tion to an­other level.

“This is the 26th con­fer­ence which is wholly about the new cur­ricu­lum as we look at chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties it brings.

“Some of the chal­lenges com­ing up are to do with re­sources and the Min­istry is say­ing let’s use avail­able re­sources to equip our­selves and learn­ers to at­tain skills,” Mrs Khu­malo said.

e con­fer­ence started yes­ter­day and ends to­day. — @ncubeleon

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