By Umoja Reporter.
Kyambogo, Uganda: In a bid to achieve a sustainable winning goal that ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all in our motherland, Uganda, the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) has proposed to review the A-level syllabus to make it fall in line with the already revised syllabus of the lower secondary level.
This has been apprised in a press conference held at National Curriculum Development Centre Headquarters in Kyambogo by the Centre’s Director Grace Baguma.
Grace Baguma, Director National Curriculum Development Centre speaks during a press conference at Centre’s Headquarters.
According to Baguma, ‘effective curriculum implementation guarantees that Uganda continues to nurture and prepare her citizens to become dependable skilled and knowledgeable human resource who will survive in the increasingly competitive global market thus challenging the massive problem of unemployment’.
This proposal in review has come following the review of the lower secondary school syllabus just three years ago. This started in 2020 with one class of senior ones only and now the student who pioneered it are in senior three.
For this, the manager secondary education National Curriculum Development Centre John Okum has revealed some of the success in the 2020 reviewed lower secondary school syllabus.
John Okum, Manager- Secondary Education at National Curriculum Development Centre.
He said, they have observed that with the new 2020 lower secondary school syllabus is less tiresome to the learners, increased control to students and managed the problem of absenteeism, ‘since it’s much enjoyable, learners don’t want to miss school’.
In the proposed A-level syllabus, a learner will study A-level for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years where a student will offer two career subjects that will help him or her get a position in the next level of learning, one occupation subject to be assessed by the directorate of industrial training, and one contemporary paper to replace general paper.
A student will also have liberty to do one UNEB paper or two or do all the course combination at once. NCDC cleared that even if a student desired to do a single paper each year, all papers done in different years will be gathered to be put on one certificate, ‘like it’s done to university students who do different papers in different years and all their marks are put on a single transcript’.
The review of the A-level syllabus has arrived at a time when National Curriculum Development Centre is celebrating 50 years of existence. As part of celebrations, NCDC has organised an International Conference on Curriculum Development under theme “Reconceptionalizing Curriculum in 21st Century for Social Economic Transformation” to commence on 26th to 27th of April this year at Speak Resort Hotel Munyonyo and the Minister of Education and Sports, First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni will embrace the function as the Guest of Honour.