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NCDC attacks schools ignoring thematic curriculum

By Nelson Kiva

Added 2nd April 2018 01:58 PM

The director National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Grace Baguma, said defaulting on curriculum to only prepare children for exams was unacceptable.

NCDC attacks schools ignoring thematic curriculum

The director National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Grace Baguma, said defaulting on curriculum to only prepare children for exams was unacceptable.

PIC: The director National Curriculum Centre (NCDC), Grace Baguma, director basic secondary education Nsumba Lyazi and deputy director NCDC Bernadette Karuhanga after addressing a press on the African Curriculum Organisation meeting to be held in Uganda 22 March 2018. (Credit; Wilfred Sanya)

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KAMAPALA - Schools have been accused of defaulting on the thematic curriculum, a gap experts partly blamed for poor academic performance.

The thematic curriculum was introduced by the Government in 2007 to foster linguistic abilities of children at primary school level.

The director National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Grace Baguma, said defaulting on curriculum to only prepare children for exams was unacceptable.

"Schools must teach use the syllabus and strictly follow the curriculum. In the districts such as Abim, where schools have adhered to the curriculum, great improvement has been registered," she said.

Baguma made the remark during a recent media briefing on the fourth coming international conference on curriculum and sustainable learning in Africa.

According to the last year's Primary Leaving Examination results, candidates from rural schools performed poorly in English language and Mathematics.

The Uganda National Examinations Board attributed this to inability by the candidates to interpret questions in English.

The NCDC suggested that teachers should take it upon themselves to effectively interpret and implement the curriculum.

The director basic and secondary education at the education ministry, Robinson Nsumba, said the ministry would continue implementing punitive measures against such schools.

He said the measures among others would involve closing down on the culpable schools as recently witnessed.

Baguma highlighted that Uganda was making positive strides on curriculum that would address gaps in the education system required to produce the human resource able to match the 21st century labour market demands.

She disclosed that because Uganda has one of the best curriculum in the world, the African Curriculum Organisation (ACO) in collaboration with the NCDC would host the International Conference on Curriculum in Uganda between May 28 and 31.

Baguma ACO that collapsed in 1970s would be revived at the conference that would be hosted at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe under the theme, Curriculum for Sustainable Learning.

ACO, which was formed in 1967, was intended to promote curriculum development, research and development of new educational materials.

However due to funding gaps, especially with the fall of colonialism in African and post-independence political turmoil across the continent, it collapsed.


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