Students to start sitting climate change examinations

Thursday February 10 2011

By Stephen Otage

As impacts and effects of climate change continue manifesting themselves full scale, the ministry of water and environment has decided to take the fight against the global phenomena to schools.

Climate change education will now form a greater part of the content in the science based subjects, social studies and general paper at advanced level. It will also be examined as a-life-skills-subject, in an effort to ensure that students are mindful about their environment when they are faced with situations which may push them to compromise its conservation.

This was revealed by the Director National Curriculum Development Center NCDC Ms. Grace Baguma after signing a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of water and environment and the NCDC at the Ministry headquarters on Thursday. “As you might be aware, we are in charge of reviewing the curriculum and setting the questions for the Uganda national Examinations Board. We are going to review most of these subjects and see what content to remove from them and generate as much information as possible on climate change so that when a child grows from Nursery the university, they know what is good for the environment and what is not.”

According to the Permanent Secretary ministry of water Mr. Obong O O David, his ministry has taken the fight to schools as part of the wider effort to sensitize he country about the effects of climate change and demystify some jargon associated with it yet they are terms which refer to situations which people have locally known. “Twenty years ago when scientists talked about some of these phenomena, people thought they were mad but now we are faced with the realities.”

He added that the project is being funded by the Norwegian government to the tune of $10,000 initially and is being coordinated by the Climate Change Coordination Unit of the ministry which is working towards the development, implementation and review of climate change policy in Uganda so that when Uganda participates in climate change negotiations at regional and international levels, she is represented by people who are fully informed about their country’s needs.

When asked if this would be another subject in the education curriculum, Ms. Baguma said it is only the content which is deemed fit for Uganda’s situation which will be imported into the existing subjects saying that what is found irrelevant will be left out.