Teachers to Be Trained On New Curriculum

THE Ministry of Education says it is preparing to train teachers at junior primary school level countrywide to effectively implement a new curriculum next year.

Ministry spokesperson Johanna Absalom yesterday said the regional training will be from 24 November to 9 December this year.

The ministry added that the directorates of education will make arrangements for the in-service teacher training, taking into account their own context and that training materials will be distributed to the various directorates during the first week of October 2014.

Absalom said the revised curriculum for the junior primary phase (pre-primary and Grades 1-3) will comprise mother tongue instruction from pre-primary to Grade 3, English, Mother Tongueredominant local language, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Arts, Physical Education and Religious and Moral Education.

“The revised junior primary curriculum will be implemented in January 2015,” she said. Cabinet approved the curriculum reform for Basic Education as well as the eight-year implementation of the curriculum at its third meeting in March. She said the ministry is also planning the printing and distribution of junior primary syllabuses, curriculum support materials and training manuals.

“The Procurement of junior primary learning support materials (textbooks) will be done in October and textbooks will be in schools early January 2015,” she said. As part of the new curriculum, learners will be fully exposed to their mother-tongue as the medium of instruction up to Grade Five.

She also said the revised curriculum for senior primary phase (Grades 4-7) comprises five promotional core subjects including English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Natural Science and Health Education, Social Studies, plus three promotional pre-vocational subjects in Grade 5-7: Elementary Agriculture, Design and Technology, Home Ecology (with entrepreneurial skills integrated) plus five support subjects including: Life Skills, Religious and Moral Education, Arts. The revised curriculum for the senior primary phase will be implemented in 2016.

The revised curriculum at secondary school level will begin in 2017, one grade per year.

Absalom said the purpose of the new curriculum was to grow a well-grounded, well informed and well researched education system that would pass the test of time and one that abrogates remnants of the ills of the past.

“The revised education system and curriculum shall provide an opportunity for diversified growth, learning and development for a healthy sense of self responsibility. Learners will obtain knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they need in real life to further their studies and live a meaningful life in a democratic society,” she said.

She further said the review underpins the aspirations of Vision 2030, to realise the country’s goals to move towards a knowledge-based society, a society where knowledge is constantly being acquired and renewed and used for innovation to improve the quality of life.

Source : The Namibian