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New Ugandan Education Curriculum Rejected

The new curriculum that had been adopted by the Ministry of Education and Sports has been rejected by Members of Parliament stating that it is only destructive to Ugandan children.

The Ministry of Education and Sports had already begun the training of selected teachers on the new curriculum and has extended the beginning of the term in some schools until the training is done.

The trained teachers were to be the guardians and trainers of fellow teachers of the new curriculum in the country.

However, MPs such as Joseph Gonzaga Sewungu, Allan Sewanyana, Moses Kasibante, and Paulson Lutanaguzi Ssemakula argued that the new curriculum is ill-prepared for Ugandans and thus should be halted.

Adding that it should be re-examined and more consultations made before it is implemented.

Joseph Sewungu argued that it’s alarming that the Ministry is moving to implement a new curriculum with no designed teaching and learning aids.

“We want this curriculum to be halted. You can’t make Agriculture an optional subject yet Uganda’s economic back borne is agriculture. Most of the technical institutions are teaching Agriculture but it’s not taught in Secondary schools,” Sewungu said.

He added that “You cannot pass a curriculum without providing textbooks to use. In education, we use both teacher’s books and learners’ books; but the Ministry is bringing a new curriculum with no teaching aids.”

The National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), however, explained that the new curriculum is necessary to develop the learning skills to foster critical thinking and effective learning.

NCDC added that learners will possess a range of skills to be successful in their personal and social lives, thus rendering them employable in the widest sense.

Learners, under the new curriculum, will study 11 core subjects at O’level plus one optional subject.

The curriculum was to be taught in S.1 to S.3 gradually and teachers were to be facilitators rather than sources of knowledge.

Moses Kasibante wondered why the country is prioritizing the Swahili language to be taught in schools yet other international languages would help boost the country’s trade relations with other countries.

“These countries that are speaking Swahili are first of all not many and they are now adopting English as their official language which we already have. And these countries are as poor as we are, we have countries were we are exporting our labour to, like the Arab world. These Ugandans need Arabic and Chinese to be able to trade with China which has 1.7 billion people,” Kasibante said.

He added that Uganda is already trading with China more than other East African countries and emphasizing Swahili would be of no economic value.

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