Govt to review curriculum rolled out in Covid year

The directorate of industrial training officials led by the acting executive director, Mr Patrick Byakatonda (left) and the Board chairperson Ruth Biyinzika (centre) receiving the best TVET institution of 2021 visionaries award presented by the Vice President Jessica Alupo (2nd left). PHOTOS/ SHABIBAH NAKIRIGYA

What you need to know:

  • There are 180  occupations/skill subjects but  each student is supposed to sit depending on the available materials.

Government through Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) has revealed that it will start assessing lower secondary students on the new curriculum next year .

The cur­ricu­lum was rolled out in Feb­ru­ary 2020 with the aim of meet­ing learn­ers’ needs, es­pe­cially in re­gard to skills train­ing and en­hance­ment.

The Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (NCDC) also reduced the subjects for the lower sec­ondary from 43 to 21. 

In the new cur­ricu­lum, schools teach 12 sub­jects in Se­nior One and Two, of which 11 are com­pul­sory. Stu­dents at lev­els Three and Four will do a min­i­mum of eight or a max­i­mum of nine sub­jects, seven of which are com­pul­sory.

Speaking to the media during the engagement meeting with vocational institutions in Kampala yesterday, The DIT Executive Director, Mr Patrick Byakatonda, said the students who will be assessed next year started with the new curriculum in 2021.

“The Education ministry through DIT will be assessing Senior Three  next year and we have started accrediting secondary schools at DIT assessment centres and we have accredited 2,000 schools out of 3,500, for  those with Uganda National Examination Board centres,” he said.

Mr Byakatonda added that by next term (first term, 2023) they expect to be done with accrediting and start with registration of schools and candidates.

There are 180  occupations/skill subjects but  each student is supposed to sit depending on the available materials.

“Students will be assessed on competence level and its done in Senior Three and it is equivalent to Uganda Certificate of Education ( UCE),”he said.

The deputy director-in-charge of assessment and certification at DIT, Mr Michael Okumu, said although the national assessment for Senior Three starts next year, some schools are already on board and their candidates were assessed in this year’s final examinations.

“We have assessed 11 secondary schools from Senior Three, Four and Six,  who have been trained since Senior One. Since more accredited centres and institutions are getting involved in training and getting candidates registered for assessment, the number has increased from between 200 to 545 each year,” he said.

Mr Okumu added that secondary schools will be assessed in Level One throughout the country. The Level One candidates must be trained for more than one year.