New Zimsec board to draft Zim-centric curriculum

HARARE - Zimbabwe heritage studies should take centre stage in school curriculum to preserve the country’s culture, the minister of Primary and Secondary Education said yesterday.

Lazarus Dokora was speaking after announcing the appointment of the new Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) board, to be led by Levi Nyagura.

Dokora indicated that in previous years, Zimbabwean schools were concentrating on teaching European history while sidelining Zimbabwean history.

“Among some of the things that need an overhaul is the history curriculum where our children were taught European history,” Dokora said.

“It is time they learn their own history and culture so that they understand it and be able to continue in our cultural ways.”

The new Zimsec board must draw up a new curriculum which should be finalised by year-end.

Nyagura, the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, said his board fully understands the demands of the new job and will rise to the occasion.

He highlighted that they would continue to improve the Information Communication Technology (ICT) advances that had been initiated by the previous board.

“We should invest in ICTs not only for registration but for other things as well,” he said. “We understand the need to embrace changes in the ministry and we will ensure that innovation and change will succeed.”

He emphasised the need to come up with better assessment tools for efficiency of learners, indicating the need to take practical subjects seriously so that learners become more complete when they leave school.

“Sitting for examinations alone is not skills training,” he said. “We want meaningful training to acquire life-skills so that our society is more knowledge-driven.”

The new board is comprised of Rungano Zvobgo who is vice chairman, Cuthbert Katsvanga, Edgar Moyo, George Atkinson, Petronella Takawadi, Samson Magumise, Florence Makwena, Walter Mufuka, Andrew Sibanda, Miriam Matibenga and three other  women.

Comments (9)

point of correction. Zimsec does not draw up the curriculum ,l dont think Dokora said this.

TNT - 23 April 2014

the worst education minister we had was chigwedere, but this dokora has the potential to surpass him. He has banned vacation schools and parents are now paying through the nose to colleges which have become compromised because of flooding numbers.

neutral observer - 24 April 2014

The new Zimsec board is fine.But the education system at secondary and primary schools must focus on new dimensions.At secondary level all schools must offer subjects like:Chemistry,Physics,Biology,T-Drawing,Building,Woodwork,F-Nutrition,Agriculture,F-Fabrics,Computers,History,Metalwork plus English and Mathematics.These subjects will equip students to have many avenues in life.At primary level all schools must offer all disciplines in sporting eg: cricket,rugby,tennis,baseball,javelin,shortput,hockey,discuss,etc.Rural school pupils are talented in these areas but the doors are closed for them.Government must take it into account not persuing culture huts.Developed nations people are earning a living lavishly on sporting. Those training as teachers must first trained in some of these athletes so that they pass the button to students.

True Democracy - 24 April 2014

i understand EDGAR MOYO is a teacher and its good fo teachers to be represented. My question is how was he selected.Did someone recommend him? Who? Why? I am not against his appointment though

max - 24 April 2014

Yes its Edgar Moyo is a teacher and head and he is the most relevant board member. he knows exactly what is happening in schools. We applaud the Minister for considering him.

zimangalo moyo - 24 April 2014

Yes its Edgar Moyo is a teacher and head and he is the most relevant board member. he knows exactly what is happening in schools. We applaud the Minister for considering him.

zimangalo moyo - 24 April 2014

lazarus dokora is the worst thing to happen to our education system the most ill informed minister. he doesnt even deserve to lead a pre school let alone a ministry. we miss coltart.

dofo - 25 April 2014

shame on the new developments on the education sector which seem to punish the teachers and not improve their livelihoods

lazie - 13 May 2014

From Zimsec's website... They've been drafting this new curriculum supposedly for 20 years!!! The aim of ZIMSEC is to offer an excellent, value driven, educational assessment and responsive awarding systems. 1994 - Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act (ZIMSEC ACT 1994); October 1995 - First ZIMSEC Board appointed; November 1995 - Birth of ZIMSEC Council under an Interim Director; Indigenization of the curriculum would be guaranteed, ensuring that education was made relevant to the socio-economic environment. In particular teaching and assessment materials would be drawn from an environment with which learners are familiar and to which they can relate and apply their learning. Economic considerations: government would be able to determine the levels of examination fees in accordance with the prevailing economic environment; the localization would stem the flow of foreign currency from the country. Educational Consideration: increased confidence in the educational fields as locals became more and more confident in handling examination issues. Political Considerations: localization ensures the end of colonial curricula in Zimbabwe.

zimmurungu - 14 October 2015

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