New Heritage-Based Education Curriculum Plan Approved

The Cabinet has approved the Implementation Plan for the Heritage-Based Education Curriculum, presented by Honourable Professor A. Murwira, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development. This new curriculum aims to improve the education system in the country from 2024 to 2030 by providing a clear framework and timelines.

Starting in May 2024, the plan is built on five main pillars: Programmes/Curriculum infrastructure, Staffing or workforce infrastructure, Physical and digital infrastructure, Regulatory and legal infrastructure, and Financial infrastructure. A robust monitoring and evaluation system will ensure the plan is inclusive and leaves no one behind.

Key steps for delivering quality primary and secondary education are outlined in the plan. By June 30, 2024, the Curriculum documents will be printed and distributed. The Heritage-Based Curriculum Framework will be unpacked by May 31, 2025. The review of learning area syllabi will start on October 1, 2024, and assessment tools will be reviewed by October 30, 2024.

Grading will include both continuous assessment and final exams, with 80% from exams and 20% from continuous assessment. Non-formal learners will be assessed similarly, with their continuous assessment marks valid for three years.

Students entering secondary school will follow different pathways based on their interests, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Visual and Performing Arts; Humanities; Technical/Vocational Education and Training (TVET); and Commercials.Teachers will receive training through workshops, circulars, and other media.

The Ministry aims to provide adequate classrooms, workshops, laboratories, internet connectivity, technical equipment, and teachers’ housing by 2030.

The plan includes reviewing legal and regulatory frameworks to support continuous improvements in the education system. Learning area associations and panels will be set up at various levels by July 31, 2025, and compliance will be ensured through ongoing monitoring and evaluation.To support the Heritage-Based Education Curriculum, Treasury has allocated 8% of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s budget for the period from 2024 to 2030.

This funding will ensure the necessary resources are available to achieve the plan’s goals.This new plan aims to transform the education system, making it more inclusive, coherent, and capable of meeting the needs of all students.

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