UNEB to Set Exams Basing on New Curriculum

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ketty Lamaro has asked schools and teachers to implement the Abridged Curriculum (new curriculum) as designed; saying it is the curriculum that will be assessed by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) at the end of learners’ cycle (level of education).

“The Uganda National Examinations Board is preparing to examine the content and skills that are currently being taught. As it were, examinations are absolutely informed by the curriculum, and UNEB is bound by this practice even in these forthcoming examinations,” Lamaro told reporters in Kampala on Tuesday.

“Therefore, the abridged curriculum should be implemented as designed; as it is the curriculum that will be assessed by the Uganda National Examinations Board at the end of the cycle,” she added.

In order to ensure equity in access and inclusive education, the Ministry of Education and Sports developed policies aimed at leaving no learner behind, considering the fact that not all learners were studying during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

The Ministry, through National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), embarked on developing an abridged curriculum for all classes, except; primary 1, senior 1 and senior 5 because these were beginning their education cycle.

The new curriculum is aimed at recovery of lost time, and enabling all learners to be brought on board as schools reopened.

It was also meant to enable learners cope with demands and learning rigour of the next level following the automatic promotion.

According to Lamaro, the abridged curriculum is a shortened or packaged form of the standard curriculum, focusing on the critical concepts and competencies to ensure learner progression.

“My hope is that this intervention will promote learner progression with ease, without missing out on the critical concepts and competencies,” said PS Lamaro.

The abridged curriculum was developed by reorganizing the scope and sequence of the content in the standard curriculum, so that learners can cover more content in a relatively short span without compromising quality.

Content for some topics was compressed or merged.

The curriculum will be in use for a period of 1 to 3 years to allow a safe transition to the standard curriculum.

The Education Ministry trained master trainers and teachers from across the country to support the other levels of training in the respective regions, targeting various teams consisting of Head Teachers, District Education Officers (DEOs), Ministry of Education and Sports, Directors of Studies, District Inspector of Schools, school based supervisors and centre coordinating tutors.

These are expected to train subject teachers across the country to deliver the abridged curriculum to the learners.

Lamaro said the Education Ministry is conducting continuous professional training of teachers on the abridged curriculum.

“I call upon the school administrators to allow and facilitate the teachers to attend such trainings when called upon,” she said.

The primary curriculum allows learners to have two periods of Creative Arts and Physical Education (CAPEs) per week. Learners may also engage in sports and games at school to allow them to relax their minds.

“This arrangement should be adhered to,” said Lamaro.

Continuous assessment modalities; both formative assessment (regular class exercises) and summative (end of topic/ months exercises) should be used to assess the learning as guided by the abridged curriculum within the classroom setting.

Assessment records for each of the topic exercises should be used as the basis for developing the end of term and end of year Report cards.

Lamaro said this is intended to develop learners’ confidence about learning without worrying about the burden of exams.

“I appeal to Head Teachers to stop stressing the learners with over assessment. However, they should just ensure that effective preparation, teaching and continuous class based assessment is done,” she added.

The Abridged Curriculum can be accessed on the UNEB Portal, and on NCDC and Ministry of Education and Sports websites.

Last week, UNEB announced October to December 2022 as the period for conducting national examinations; Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).


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