curriculum bridge the gap between the promise and realities of quality teaching and talent identification as the promise of the future?
An analysis of the current exit strategy for secondary school leavers under the 8-4-4 system is a not so good picture for most school leavers.
The majority of secondary school leavers end up in the wrong career pathways. The CBC does not primarily focus on developing key competencies of the learners with fewer premiums placed on learner grades as the case under the 8-4-4 system. It should be noted that students who excel in sports or drama in their early years easily find their ways in similar or related industries and excel in life.
One of the salient features of the new curriculum under the 2-6-6-3 system is a talent identification and nurturing. It is my humble view that the proper rollout of CBC will spur the development of more talent in the sporting arena and other fields based on the pupils and students’ abilities.
But even as we debate on how best the CBC can be implemented, reports are suggesting the new system is likely to perpetuate inequality on access to quality teaching and learning.
This calls for full government support to schools and build capacity in teachers who must be in a position to understand the changing trends in teaching and learning locally and internationally.
CBC is well designed to emphasize the significance of developing skills and knowledge, applying those competencies to real-life situations.
The government should urgently address potential barriers to the proper implementation of the new curriculum. Limited Exchequer releases to schools reveal a deep-seated problem that is likely to scuttle the good intentions of the CBC rollout.
Most schools are struggling to keep up with strained infrastructural needs owing to the 100 per cent transition that has led to soaring enrolment.
Isn’t it time the government reviewed how it funds schools infrastructure accounts? It makes no sense to have skewed infrastructure funding between the most developed and developing schools yet expect them to adequately prepare for complete CBC roll out next year.