New exam sub­jects for pupils

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Rumbidzai Mu­parutsa

MORE than 16 000 Or­di­nary and Ad­vanced Level can­di­dates will this year sit for the re­cently in­tro­duced Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Sport and Mass Dis­plays ex­ams as Gov­ern­ment equips pupils with phys­i­cal lit­er­acy, health and fit­ness ex­per­tise.

Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Sport and Mass Dis­plays be­gins at Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment level up to A-Level.

The new cur­ricu­lum also cov­ers crit­i­cal ar­eas such as Anatomy and Phys­i­ol­ogy, Nutri­tion, Biome­chan­ics and Unhu/Ubuntu Phi­los­o­phy.

In 2016 Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced the new cur­ricu­lum, which bor­rowed from the 1999 Nzi­ra­masanga Com­mis­sion of In­quiry that pro­posed a raft of mea­sures to trans­form the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor so that it pro­duces in­no­va­tive cit­i­zens.

Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Sport and Mass Dis­plays be­tween ECD and Grade two cov­ers the­o­ret­i­cal top­ics such as func­tions of the hu­man body, safety and health, body bal­ance, lo­co­mo­tion and co-or­di­na­tion.

It also in­cor­po­rates aquatic skills, chil­dren’s sport, art, arena per­for­mances and mu­si­col­ogy.

From Grades Three to Seven, the prac­ti­cal el­e­ment of the sub­ject is in­tro­duced and is de­vel­oped into the three study ar­eas of Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Game Skills and Mass Dis­plays. At secondary level, learn­ers study the his­tory of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sports, health, safety and en­vi­ron­ment, sub­stance abuse and anti-doping, nutri­tion, and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cur­ricu­lum cov­ers sports in­juries and first aid, sports ad­min­is­tra­tion, club for­ma­tion and man­age­ment, sports en­ter­prise, and hu­man body sys­tems and per­for­mance.

In an in­ter­view in Harare last week, Pri­mary and Secondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Paul Mav­ima said Gov­ern­ment would es­tab­lish a Na­tional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion, Re­search, In­no­va­tion and Devel­op­ment.

He said this would help en­sure Zim­babwe’s ed­u­ca­tion was in sync with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

“We have looked at the skills and com­pe­tences needed in the 21st cen­tury for Zim­babwe to be com­pet­i­tive, both in terms of our grad­u­ates be­ing com­pet­i­tive in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket and for the coun­try to be com­pet­i­tive on the global mar­ket,” he said.

“For this na­tion, devel­op­ment of sport has both sym­bolic and eco­nomic pur­poses. One of the big­gest things that hap­pen in na­tion build­ing is that if a na­tion is ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing suc­cess­fully against other na­tions in sport it then gets recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally but at the same time it brings a sense of be­long­ing for its cit­i­zens

“So as a na­tion per­forms in in­ter­na­tional sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, its cit­i­zens be­come proud to be part of that na­tion and a sense of na­tional be­long­ing is forged and a na­tion is built along the way.”

Prof Mav­ima said sports man­age­ment was among the world’s best pay­ing jobs, with huge em­ploy­ment cre­ation po­ten­tial.

The min­is­ter said the min­istry would roll out a com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­egy to in­form the na­tion on the new cur­ricu­lum.

Di­rec­tor for Cur­ricu­lum Devel­op­ment and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices in the min­istry, Dr Arthur Makanda, said over 8 000 schools would this year of­fer Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Sport and Mass Dis­plays ex­ams.

“We are cre­at­ing a na­tion rich in phys­i­cal lit­er­acy, health and fit­ness while cre­at­ing wide ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This will im­prove the econ­omy by pro­vid­ing a self-sus­tained learner and will bring in for­eign cur­rency by pro­duc­ing podium per­for­mance ath­letes who will be con­sumed in the global in­dus­try,” he said.

Dr Makanda said in­tro­duc­tion of the sub­ject came as the world in­creas­ingly grap­pled with obe­sity and re­lated non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases.

Gov­ern­ment is de­vel­op­ing sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in schools coun­try­wide to en­sure the suc­cess of the sub­ject.

Prof Mav­ima

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