Zimbabwe plans to introduce compulsory teaching of foreign languages including Chinese, French, Swahili and Portuguese in government schools as part of an education syllabus revamp.
The Herald, Zimbabwe’s largest daily newspaper reported Monday that the changes, which also include the examining of agriculture at primary education level and the teaching of pure science subjects starting from Form One, are contained in a draft curriculum framework now awaiting cabinet approval.
Pupils were only examined in four subjects at primary level namely English, Mathematics, Content and vernacular languages of Shona and Ndebele while students in secondary education studied integrated science and only started learning pure sciences at Form Three level.
In the draft curriculum framework, produced after nationwide consultations, integrated science will be abolished and students will learn pure sciences from Form One.
At Advanced Level, literature in indigenous languages will be introduced, in addition to literature in English and French that are already being taught.
The upgrading of the curriculum review follows widespread complaints from various stakeholders on the need to align the country’s educational system with changing global trends.
The new curriculum will also have a bias towards the teaching of science subjects, vocational and technical skills training. Enditem