The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on Friday 25 September announced that they are going release a new education curriculum draft which is meant to enforce major changes in the education system. The education draft was presented to the Cabinet and was approved on September 22.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora announced at a press conference held in Harare. Minister Dokora said that the new education syllabus is meant to modernize the education system to be in line with modern technologies and an assessment on the schools’ infrastructure is going to be conducted to see if they are ready for the new system.
Subjects such as Agriculture, languages, Information Communication Technology, Science, Maths, Science, Statistics and Physics are going to be introduced at an earlier stage in schools since some stakeholders suggested that subjects like Maths, Science and Technology should be taught from as early as Early Child Development.
“My ministry will proceed to produce subject syllabi, restructuring of Grade Seven General Paper to include Agriculture and development of specimen papers for Grade Seven and Ordinary Level.” Said Dokora.
In January 2016, phase one of the implementation and assessment will begin, in January 2017, phase two teacher capacity building which would have started in phase one will continue and review of the infrastructure’s capability to handle teaching and learning of technical vocational subjects and design will commence.
“I am very grateful to Cabinet and His Excellency President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde R.G Mugabe for endorsing the Zero Draft Curriculum Framework which now constitutes the new education system.” He said.
The Minister also said that the new Curriculum framework will prepare graduates of the education system to have the following skills: critical thinking, problem solving abilities, leadership skills, good communication skills, team building and technological skills.
The Framework outlines the following learning areas for the three learning levels:
•Indigenous Language as medium of instruction
•Visual and Performing Arts (Expressive Arts)
•Mathematics and Science
•Social Studies (Family and Heritage Studies)
•Science and Technology
•Information and Communication Technology
•Visual and Performing Arts
•Family, Religion and Moral Education
•Physical Education, Sport and Mass Display
Forms 1 to 4
•Heritage Studies (embracing Zimbabwe Constitution)
•Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Biology option Gen Science
•Humanities including History, Geography, Religious Studies, Sociology, Economic History
•Literature in Indigenous Languages and in English
•Indigenous Languages and English Language
•Foreign Languages: French, Swahili, Chinese, Portuguese
•ICT: Programming Language and Packages
•Commercials: Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Business and Enterprise Skills
•Practical subjects: Wood, Metal, Textile Technologies
•Physical Education, Sport and Mass Displays