KAMPALA – The government has completed the first phase of condensing the curriculum for both primary and secondary education, which will be used by teachers when schools reopen, reports Daily Monitor.
Quoting unnamed sources, the paper also claims learners will be assessed and promoted automatically to the next class when schools reopen.
Reports indicate that learners will be given remedial lessons in two weeks to cover what they missed in their previous classes.
Sources in the Ministry of Education quoted by Daily Monitor that the curriculum for Senior One and Two have been blended to ensure that this is all taught in Senior Two.
This means that Senior One students will now report to Senior Two.
The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) was assigned by the Ministry of Education to harmonize all topics in lower and upper primary, O, and A ‘Level to come up with a condensed curriculum for the four levels.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Denis Mugimba said NCDC was tasked to kick-start the review of the curriculum last year.
Dr. Mugimba said it is out of this curriculum that the new home study materials, which were distributed to learners in March 2020, were based on.
“We are not developing a new curriculum, we are just creating content from what we already have. We need to drop some topics and remain with the core content,” Dr. Mugimba said.
He added: “The calendar we have is going to be short and the duration at school will also be short when schools reopen. We, thus, want to ensure that learners are taught only core content.”
Mr. Mugimba said for lower primary, they have emphasized mostly numeracy (Math), literacy (reading and writing), and English.
Once the curriculum experts approve the condensed curriculum, it will be printed out in thousands of copies and distributed to all schools.
According to some of the content in the condensed curriculum, Daily Monitor claims Primary Five pupils will cover various topics under the integrated sciences abridged syllabus.
For instance, under the world of living things topic, pupils will describe bacteria, where they are found, and where they breed under the fungi bacteria topic.
Learners will describe characteristics of bacteria, discuss ways of preventing, controlling, and treating bacterial diseases, describe fungi as harmless and harmful organisms, and identify dangers of fungi, and discuss ways of preventing and controlling bacterial and fungal diseases.
The NCDC also indicated areas of concentration in various topics where teachers should give emphasis when teaching learners.
Under Primary One English, pupils will be taken through things found at school (people, things, and activities in schools).
Pupils will also be taken through things in their homes including people at homes (mother, father, sister), roles and responsibilities of different family members, and things found in the homes and their uses, among others.