NRM MPs agree to start, improve new curriculum

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Hon Agaba Abbas [R]

The ruling NRM parliamentary caucus Monday endorsed the lower secondary school curriculum at State House Entebbe.

President Museveni who presided over the meeting asked MPs to approve the curriculum which he says will create a balance between theoretical and practical subjects.

Before the MPs left for the meeting, there were mixed expectations about its outcome.

Some said it was timely as it would resolve the impasse between the executive and cabinet while others said it was a waste of time.

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Opposition legislators argued that the meeting was intended to force parliament’s hand on the matter and to weaken it.

Appearing on NBS television Tuesday Abbas Agaba, MP Kitagwenda County, said when they sat in the NRM caucus, the Minister for Education, Janet Museveni had the time to explain the new lower level curriculum.

“If this curriculum covers up to 70%, it can start now while 30% is being worked upon. We agreed to start and keep improving it.”

He said the change was overdue. “During the caucus, we learnt more details we did not know and this is a giant step forward for our education system.”

Parliament had been supplied with insufficient information hence the halting.

MPs were never against the implementation of the lower secondary school curriculum, Agaba explained.

Education Consultant, Patrick Kaboyo, said if this curriculum interrogates the capacity of the teacher to interpret the subjects they teach, then that is the direction they want legislators to look at.

Students are yearning to see changes and the benefits they get from this education system, he noted.

“Legislators have the right to demand. The ministry should have an improved way of communicating so that stakeholders have a say in it. In principle, we have to move with this good curriculum.”

Appearing on NTV Wednesday morning, Agaba insisted the whole issue of the new O’level curriculum has been blown out of proportion by the media because probably some journalists don’t understand the procedures of parliament.

He said the curriculum review and a rollout is a process that should happen after a certain period of time and that is why “we shouldn’t stop new changes because they are all about improvement of our education sector”.

“If I was to give marks, I would say the curriculum is ready by 70% and they can roll it out now while the remaining small issues are being handled along the way.”

He said the advice from almost everyone is to make agriculture compulsory because it is the back bone of the country.

“If the National Curriculum Development Centre [NCDC] doesn’t listen, that’s their problem.”

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