‘New curriculum will tap students’ strengths’

‘New curriculum will tap students’ strengths’

MASERU – THE new academic curriculum is designed to tap into students’ strengths and help them find their niche in society.
That is according to the Director of the National Curriculum Development Centre, Teboho Tsilane.
Tsilane was speaking at a meeting in Maseru on Tuesday to brief high school principals on the proposed curriculum that will be implemented in the next academic year starting with Grade Eight students.

Under the new Lesotho General Certificate Secondary Education (LGCSE) a child would be deemed to have passed even if he has excelled in one subject.
The idea, Tsilane said, is to accommodate students who have different academic and technical strengths.
It would also help students with disabilities to move on with their lives, he said.
Tsilane said the new curriculum will forge a way for the children to have a chance to learn anything that they can understand and pass.
“We all know that education is for all,” he said.

He said teachers should stop telling students to pass all subjects.
He said the old curriculum had “disadvantaged” some people who were considered to have failed even when they had other strengths.
Tsilane said it is not every child who can be able to pass all the subjects and those who could not pass should know that they can still be able to move forward with their lives since they might even possess other talents.

“People are not the same as there are others who can go to school for 20 years but still fail. So what is the point of pushing for people to pass all the subjects and yet this leads to failure and being uneducated?” he said.
He said the new curriculum would also include practical subjects.

“Music, body massage, beauty therapy, needle-work, brick-laying and leather works amongst others would be part of the practical subjects that would be in the curriculum for Grade 8 students,” he said.

Seboku Ts’ehloane, a subject specialist, said the Grade 8 students would be equipped with different ways of learning particularly when doing the social sciences.
She said social sciences would help the students to have good families while promoting a better society.
Ts’ehloane said the students would be equipped with good knowledge of social values and behaviour.

“We want to create people who will love their lives and hate violence, people who develop appreciation for themselves and those who love their communities,” she added.
Ts’ehloane said they want to develop better spiritual and moral values for students.

“Students also have to know their responsibilities, duties and their rights in the country. They will have to know the political, social and economic problems of Lesotho,” she said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Curriculum and Assessment, Makhube Ralenkoane, said they have now realised that children do not have to learn only Maths and Science.
“Children should also be business-minded; this is the reason why as a ministry we have come up with practical studies that will benefit every child,” Ralenkoane said.
He said they will seek to mould entrepreneurs from a young age.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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