By Kevin Vusia
Last week, President Museveni approved an overhaul of the O-level curriculum, dropping or merging twenty-three subjects and approving only twenty to be taught.
The government has renewed the o-level curriculum, dropping or merging 23 subjects and approving only 20 to be taught however the revised new curriculum for ordinary level has generated mixed feelings among some education stakeholders in Arua district.
Mr. Droti James the national curriculum development center specialist, said the method of assessing performance of lower secondary students has been revised.
UNATU chairperson Westnile Samuel Mori Sidoro says teachers have not been trained very well to handle merging subjects especially home economics and food science, woodwork and technical drawing. Mori points out that there are few teaches who have specialised in these subjects so he is anticipating a lot of challenges with the merging of subjects.
And in the new arrangement the teaching of North America Geography and Canadian Praries which is about mass wheat growing has been scrapped and schools will be expected to start from 8:30am to 2:00pm allowing studients two additional hours each day for self-discovery and engaging with teachers before school closure at 4:30pm.
Jane Francis Yesico a teacher at Tarantino Memorial Secondary School says reducing the time frame will affect studients. she says the reduction in time will make the students to become more reluctant because teachers have eveb been forcing students to read.
According to her the proposed scrapping off of teaching of North America Geography and Canadian Praries which is about mass wheat growing in O Level will mean that some teachers will have to loose their jobs which is bad.
Esther Inzikuru Obita Education Officer Special Needs encourages the National Curriculum Development Center specialists to do a lot of research before rolling out this new courriclulum. She stressed that efforts should be made to make it inclusive even for those Children with disabilities or special needs.
“When we talk about the curriculum we really need to understand what it really means so that we can follow it very well; we also have other groups of people like special needs or persons with disabilities. There is need for research to be done inorder that this new curriculum favours all groups” she noted.
The DEO Marino Acia says this is good for student’s. According to him Ttere is no problem provided the materials to be covered is propotionate to the one of the seperate subject becaue if its not concentrated coverage will be low and this be manifested in performance.
“Those days lessons used to stop at around 1:30pm or 2pm then in the afternoon students were left free to go and do studies or research in the library. This gave studnets enough time for personal work and to internalise what they did not understand in class among others” he noted
Only seven subjects will be compulsory while a senior four candidate will be expected to take a maximum of 10 examinable subjects out of 13 taught in senior one and senior two. End