Second major school curriculum change since 1990

24 Jan 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – The current curriculum reform is the second biggest since independence, Acting Director of the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED), Patrick Simalumba said at media session on the curriculum change on Thursday.
The first curriculum Namibia saw a few months after the country was declared independent in 1990, when the Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education (HIGCSE) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculums, which incorporated both South African and Cambridge syllabuses, were implemented.
The National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) on ordinary and higher level curriculums were now reformed and revamped.
“The duration for the senior secondary phase has changed from two years to three years and it will now start from Grade 10,” Simalumba said.
The phase ends in Grade 11, whereas previously it was for Grade 11 to 12.
Learners will have the choice to proceed to tertiary education after completing Grade 11.
NSSC Higher will be replaced by NSSC Advanced Subsidiary in Grade 12, which will be optional.
Furthermore, Simalumba explained that the grades were restructured into new phases.
Grade 1 to 3 is the Junior Primary Phase and was previously Grade 1 to 4, called Lower Primary.
Grade 4 to 7 is now called Senior Primary Phase, formerly known as Upper Primary - which were Grade 5 to 7.
For the high school, Grade 8 and 9 are grouped together as Junior Secondary Phase.
Grade 10 moves with Grade 11 and 12, renamed as Senior Secondary Phase.
This change is in line with calls from the fourth National Development Plan as well as the National Education Conference held in 2011, said Simalumba.