During the meeting, Dr. Asuman Guloba, the Director Development Planning at the National Planning Authority (NPA), said they have just concluded a study as part of the implementation of the National Development Plan III, which found no problem with Uganda’s curriculum.
Planning Authority-(NPA has recommended the establishment of a technical
skilling course for students who complete their advanced level education exams
as they await joining University.
This came up at a meeting organized by the Centre for
Advanced Strategic Leadership (CASTLE), a think tank established to provide
research and consultancy towards approaches for addressing challenges to
Africa’s advancement on Saturday.
During the meeting, Dr. Asuman Guloba, the Director
Development Planning at the National Planning Authority (NPA), said they have
just concluded a study as part of the implementation of the National Development
Plan III, which found no problem with Uganda’s curriculum.
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He says when they unpacked the curriculum in their analysis,
they found it very good at making people learn but when it came to the
examining system, they realized the system only favours cram work because it
tests how far one was able to remember.
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He says they realized that the curriculum has strands on soft skills, critical
thinking and mobilization.
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These revelations by NPA come at the time of the renewed debate on the curriculum
review, which had been halted in March when the country went into the
nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the time, the government
had started rolling out a new curriculum that seeks to address some of the
issues singled in the old curriculum.
The new competence-based secondary curriculum, however, faced strong resistance
from legislators, teachers and education analysts. To date, analysts see still
view it as lacking in terms of addressing the country’s greatest needs, at
least as of now.
Dr. Monica Musenero, a researcher and Presidential Advisor on Epidemics faulted
the country for failing to harness the opportunities presented by the different
problems it has encountered.
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She says in terms of diseases, the country still sees them as a problem yet China has made a lot of economic
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The new curriculum being touted comprises of among other things,
conducting student-centered teaching, performing extensive practical and
Information Communication Technology-ICT based lessons, a new teaching approach
that aims at producing highly innovative and self-reliant students.
The curriculum also has a vocational and skills component looking at
Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, ICT, Performing Arts, Art and Design, Physical
Education, and Food and Nutrition among others.
On completion of the education level, a learner will get out with two
certificates; the Uganda Certificate of Education and level one competency
certificate from Uganda Vocational Qualification Framework –UVQF. For both
certificates, the learner will have a chance of progressing to the next level