Education Think Piece #5: Curriculum reform

Busy going nowhere: Curriculum reform in Eastern and Southern Africa


Despite repeated attempts to reform the basic education curriculum in many countries in the region, learning levels have remained stubbornly low.

The general movement away from a traditional curriculum towards a ‘competency’ or ‘outcome’ based curriculum, has disappointingly done little, if anything, to improve learning outcomes. Changes to the curriculum have largely failed to change what goes on in classrooms: teaching remains largely didactic and pupils’ acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy, the foundational skills on which future learning is built, is woefully low.

Watch the presentation on the Curriculum Reform Think Piece by Roger Cunningham


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