The Ministry of Education has asked for more time to present a statement on the new lower secondary school curriculum.
Minister for Education Janet Kataha Museveni was scheduled to present a statement on the continued roll-out of the lower secondary school curriculum contrary to the parliamentary resolution of Tuesday, 04 February 2020 that halted its review and roll out pending further consultation and preparation of key stakeholders.
Parliament suspended the new curriculum giving the Ministry of Education time to defend it.
However, the Minister of State for Primary Education, Hon Rosemary Sseninde who represented Education Minister Janet Museveni shocked Parliament when she requested that the statement is presented on Thursday, 20 February 2020 citing the need to have a comprehensive report that covers all concerns raised by the MPs.
“We shall be ready to respond in detail to all the matters raised by the Members of Parliaments on the new curriculum,” she said.
Anxiety rose when some MPs insisted that the Minister should go ahead and present the report adding that the Ministry of Education has for long used the delay tactic on matters of urgency.
Sseninde argues that the current curriculum was developed in the 1960s which needs to be changed in the direction of the changing trends.
Parliament has now granted the Ministry of Education time until Thursday to present their statement on the new lower secondary school curriculum.
The Ministry of Education and Sports (MES), is mandated to provide technical support, guide, coordinate, regulate and promote quality education to all persons in Uganda for national integration, development, and individual advancement and is overseen by the first lady Janet Kataha Museveni.