The government will launch the new lower secondary education curriculum in which teaching subjects have been reduced from 43 to 21. The new curriculum will be launched next month but the date has not been set.
Under the new curriculum, teachers will compile the learners’ achievements under the formative assessment in the four-year cycle, find an average score and submit it to the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) to contribute at least 20 per cent in the final national examinations grading.
According to Ms Grace Baguma, the executive director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), the subject content has been reduced by getting rid of obsolete knowledge and integrating related knowledge depending on relevance, societal needs and national goals.
“As a way of avoiding rote learning and cramming of concepts, which is the current practice, the new curriculum emphasises that the learner performs the activities while the teacher facilitates during the learning process,” Ms Baguma said
The curriculum will see a school teach 12 subjects at Senior One and Two, of which 11 will be compulsory while one will be from an elective menu (optional).
Students at levels three and four (Senior 3 and 4) will exit with a minimum of eight or a maximum of nine subjects, with seven of them compulsory.
The Chinese language has been added to the menu of foreign languages while Kiswahili, Physical Education and Entrepreneurship will be compulsory for all students in Senior One and Two.
“Classroom teaching has reduced to five hours a day. Lessons will start at 8:30 am and end at 2:50 pm, which allows learners experiential teacher-supervised learning by engaging in research, project work, clubs, games and sports and have time for self-study and reflection,” Ms Baguma explained. While assessing the learners, teachers will consider both the summative and formative assessment models to capture all learners’ developments over the course of study.