13 Mar 2014 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) - The Minister of Education (MoE) says a revised curriculum for schools which is to comprise both academic and technical subjects will be implemented gradually as from 2015, starting with the junior primary phase.
This will be followed by the senior primary phase in 2016.
Making the announcement at a media briefing in the capital on Thursday, Dr David Namwandi explained that as from 2017, the implementation of the revised curriculum will take place per each secondary grade until 2022.
For Grade 8, the year of implementation will be 2017, while the new curriculum for Grade 9 will be implemented in 2018; Grade 10 in 2019; Grade 11 in 2020; and Grade 12 in 2021.
The new curriculum will also see the addition of Grade 13 or A Level in 2022.
The minister said N.dollars 21,7 million has already been budgeted for the 2015/16 financial year, and will be used for the in-service training of teachers, the procurement of new textbooks and appointment of additional teachers.
From Grade 5 onwards, the budget would be used for the procurement of handtools and equipment for pre-vocational subjects, as well as the construction of workrooms for specialised subject areas.
Namwandi said the majority of schools will offer both academic and technical subjects, and the plan is to begin with 14 schools - one school in each region.
He noted that stakeholders consultations on the curriculum review were done through the print and electronic mediums, as well as oral presentations countrywide.
It also involved focused discussions with members of teachers' unions, students representatives, parents, representatives from the private sector and from institutions of higher learning.
The MoE received individual and institutional submissions, submissions from teachers, unions as well as some political parties.
Consultations were also carried out in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and internationally with countries such as Germany, Singapore, Australia, Finland and the United Kingdom (UK).
The whole purpose was to grow a well-grounded, well-informed and well- researched education system which would pass the test of time; an education system which will address critics, and one that abrogates remnants of the ills of the past, the Education Minister stressed.
He made it clear that the reviewed education system and curriculum shall provide an opportunity for diversified growth, and also learning and development for a healthy sense of self.
Learners will obtain knowledge, skills, values and attitudes which they need in real life to further their studies and live a meaningful life in a democratic society.
This review underpins the aspirations of Vision 2030 to realise Namibia's goals to move towards a knowledge-based society, a society where knowledge is constantly being acquired and renewed and used for innovation to improve the quality of life, he added.