Through the Ministry of Education, the government rolled out the new lower secondary education curriculum in February 2020. This intentionally happened to meet learners’ needs, especially regarding skills training and enhancement.
Among the Associations to collaborate with are ICT Teachers Association of Uganda, Coalition of Uganda Private School Teachers Association and Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union, Uganda National Teachers Association (UNATU) among others.
The curriculum Specialist at the development centre, Christopher Muganga, says they have started the process of teaming up with teachers’ associations.
This will ease the training of teachers who will also be master trainers in different schools. He says the Associations will help the development centre get close to those are members.
Muganga also said the collaboration aims at easing the implementation of the curriculum. This is because it has many activities beginning with the training of teachers about the curriculum.
In addition to that, it has assisted them in class by doing the scheme and lesson plans.
Richard Natukunda Mpaka, a teacher of Geography at Rwemikoma Secondary School in Mbarara District says they need more training. He says they need more knowledge on this new curriculum.
He says many of them have not got any training on the new curriculum and yet the students are being promoted to other classes. Additionally, he noted that by the end of the year, all teachers will need to be equipped.
The National Curriculum Development Centre has made adjustments in the teaching subjects for the lower secondary.
For example, in the new approved curriculum, schools will teach 12 subjects in Senior One and Two. Out of these, 11 will be compulsory while one will be optional.
Students at levels Three and Four will exit with a minimum of eight or a maximum of nine subjects with seven of them compulsory.
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