Pres Mugabe backs new curriculum

Harare, April 17, 2017 (New Ziana)-President Robert Mugabe on Monday threw his weight the new education curriculum introduced by government at the beginning of this year saying it is meant to fully develop learners’ potential and prepare them for the world of work.

Speaking at the 2017 Children’s Independence Party, President Mugabe told the over 4 000 students drawn from the country’s 10 provinces that the new curriculum was “competence and skills based.”

Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Dr Lazarus Dokora has been under constant criticism since the new curriculum was introduced, with some educators accusing government of having failed to consult widely before making the changes.

“Our goal is to ensure that the updated curriculum supports and sustains the transition from school to the world of work through serious study of a wide variety of subjects that include the sciences, technology and mathematics,” President Mugabe said.

“We must, as we do this, appreciate the profound turn towards innovation and creativity in our nation.”

Dr Dokora said agriculture is one of the subjects that had been introduced at primary level as part of the changes.

“Agriculture is now examinable at Grade 7,” he said, adding its introduction was in line with efforts to ultimately improve productivity on farms following conclusion of the land reform programme.

To support the agriculture projects at schools, President Mugabe said government had commenced the Zimbabwe Schools Water and Agriculture Project that will see schools being supported through installation of drip irrigation, fish farming tanks and solar.

“Land is like all the country’s resources, our natural God-given resource,” he said. “You are inheritors of it and therefore must take pride in making our land productive.”

Under the water and agriculture project, 45 boreholes have been drilled at different schools to date, with a target to drill 100 boreholes per month from May, until all the 2 500 secondary schools have been completed before it is extended to primary schools.

President Mugabe said the projects were expected to complement the schools feeding programme that was introduced to support mainly infant learners during the drought period when most families especially in rural areas faced food shortages .

Under the programme, children are provided with cereals and other supplements during school breaks.

The annual children’s party is hosted on the 17th of April by the First Family to allow them to meet and interact with youngsters on the eve of the country’s Independence Day.

Zimbabwe celebrates 37 years of independence from British colonial rule on Tuesday. – New Ziana

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