Grade 7 pupils to write five subjects

AGRICULTURE has been introduced as an examinable subject at Grade 7 with effect from 2015, bringing to five the number of subjects written by final-year primary school pupils.

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
STAFF REPORTER

The subject had for years been taught from Form 1 while Grade 7 pupils only wrote English, Mathematics, General Paper and Ndebele/Shona in their public examinations.

Education officials said an agriculture syllabus had been dispatched to all primary schools countrywide and heads and teachers were currently undergoing training on how to teach the new subject.

Agriculture would be taught as a stand alone subject from Grade 4.

Southern Eye witnessed primary school heads and teachers undergoing training on how to teach the subject at Mpopoma High School in Bulawayo.

Bulawayo provincial education director Dan Moyo yesterday said the introduction of agriculture was necessary since Zimbabwe’s economy was agro-based.

“The reason (introduction of agriculture) is that Zimbabwe is an agro-based economy and that students should have an appreciation of agriculture from an early stage, and in this case from primary level,” Moyo said.

Moyo added that heads and teachers were currently undergoing intense training on how to interpret the new syllabus.

Some education officials who spoke to Southern Eye on Wednesday said the government was introducing agriculture in line with recommendations of the 1999 Nziramasanga Commission of inquiry into the country’s education system.

Mugabe commissioned the inquiry led by Caiphas Nziramasanga in a bid to resuscitate the education system when it started showing signs of collapse.


However, the commission’s recommendations were never implemented resulting in the country’s education sector’s near collapse.

The implementation of the commission’s recommendations was also overshadowed by the government’s decision to localise the examination body from Cambridge to the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec).

The Nziramasanga report recommended that the nation should take a paradigm shift from traditional education curricula to a diversified curriculum that provided learners with different learning capabilities.

“We are implementing recommendations of the 1999 Nziramasanga report so that at the end of the day our curriculum is not only theoretical. We cannot afford to continue having a curriculum that is wholly theoretical,” an education officer not authorised to speak to the Press said.

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33 Comments

  1. A:a:a! aiwaba. Hazvisizvo izvi? Do you mean to say that the economy is on its knees because of the lack of some subjects in the curriculum? This is an unnecessary overload for both children and teachehrs who are already operating under bad conditions. Be acareful of just making policies and policies which will not solve the problem; but rather aggravate the existing problems. Chimbomirai kungowedzera ma Acts nema policies; mumboshandisa nekugadzirisa izvozvo zviripo muone kuti matambudziko edu haaperi here? The problem lies in the resuscitation of the industries and not just overloading the education system unnecessarily. Children from poor backgrounds in the rural areas will suffer much for they don’t have facilities at home to put into practice what they will have learnt. This will leave their short time at school during the day very squeezed up. Please PLEASE PLEASE. hope I will get one person who sees the light I am trying to cast.

    1. rural areas and agriculture? dude

    2. Tonderayi Chanakira

      I think our children should learn Agriculture as a subject at primary school level because its one essential subject where one can survive on farming to sustain one’s living.

  2. Agriculture is necessary of course but to blame the dead economy on the subjects taught at school is not a right thing…A lot outside the education system needs to be done to rescue our economy…

  3. Economy is on its knees not bcause of that since we have many graduates. Create employment 1st then u wil tok abt Agriculture subject to the primary students. You are just overloading teachers and student,all in all u r not paying them adequate salaries

  4. zim economy=industries like zisco,if that giant is asleep then zim is dead

  5. Zimbabwe is also a mining country so mining should also be examined at grade 7? Its a fact that since agriculture is not performing as well as it should our people have turned to mining, particularly in the rural areas. So should geology and mining engineering and the like be taught at primary school? No. Agriculture and mining are both already adequately covered in the General Paper syllabus which we normally refer to as Content. There is absolutely no need to burden our children and teachers with these funny extra examination subjects. The 4 are enough.

  6. Garykai Mahlengwe

    Trying to implement Nziramasanga as piece meals without taking it as a whole is as dangerous as not doing anything in line with the commission’s recommendations. Trs are not paid according to the commissions recommendations, the agriculture syllabus is a dublicate of an enviromental science, trs are not well versed with the demands, syllabi are in short supply- only one at a school of more than 60 trs, exam time notice is too short imagine the content for grade 4 and 5 would not have been covered by the first candidates to sit for the paper. I personally feel that much has to be done before it is examinable. The gvt must know that it is dealing with human beings (both trs and pupils) not robbots. Concerned tr and parent.

  7. pupils writing in 2015 did not start agri at grade 4 they are starting today. so resuts will be disastrous. those in grade 4 today are the ones who should start writing the exam at grade 7

    1. Simba,thanx for such insight wataura mwanawamhai!

    2. I have a daughter in grade 6 and I am extremely worried already. How are they going to cover a four year syllabus in one year??????? to be able to write in 2015. Unless they meant they will start teaching in 2015 and first exams will be in 2018. Anything is possible in this crazy country of ours, I keep my fingers crossed.

    3. ndoo dama iroro Simba

  8. Waste of Time

    When I was in primary school from grade 3 upwards we learned agriculture theory & prac (as part of the Content subject). Taitorima kugarden muriwo, two pupils would have their bed of maveggie and tend for it and had onion beans tomatoes and were taught very practically how to make organic manure (compost). So I don’t see how an additional exam at grade 7 would have made any difference to my understanding of the subject at that age. Its just clueless people here who want to be seen to be doing something

  9. Kupererwa uku. How can you introduce something yet you cant provide books on subjects which a already being taught.???????????????????????????????
    Pane ariri kuda kudya mari ipapa.

    1. i second that the mnistry of education shuld deal with the problems that are being faced by schools now, let the ministry provide textbooks first before introducing this agriculture thing.

  10. I think it’s a good move. Myself being a Zimbabwean who’s staying out of the country can testify how our school syllabi helped many Zimbabweans during the worst days of our economy. i.e. in most countries they offer technical/practical subjects (Woodwork, metalwork, Buiding studies,Agric etc) at tertiary level where’s in Zimbabwe they are offered at secondary level. This made some other pple from other countries to wonder why every Zimbabwean know how to build a house. In short I can see it helpful in a way
    the long run.

  11. kana zimsec yaitadza kubhadhara the markers jus for the 4 subjects wer will they get the money to pay for the 5 subjects.

  12. This is 2014 and we are planning our education system on results from a 1999 inquiry? Okay…

  13. The system does need improvement yes, but Agriculture is not the solution! Let’s move with the times, better to introduce a tech based subject like computers etc pane agriculture. The government is failing it’s children. Elsewhere in the world, young people are computer wizs, making programs, apps etc changing the world but here varikuda kuvadzidzisa nezve crop rotation! Cry my beloved country, cry!

  14. Agriculture should be introduced at A level since at university there are numerous degrees agriculture, its not reasonable to do agriculture up to O level then leave it only to meet it at university, or tertiary college.
    general paper covers enough agriculture that i don’t see it necessary to have it as a stand alone subject for examination because at primary level we are not yet specializing.

  15. WHATS WRONG WITH ZIMBABWE? Sure this country does not have visionary leadership. I would not appoint dokora to any post. Agriculture taught to kids? Where will they farm? You took all the farms and shared with your friends. TOIDAWO MINDA IYI. If you do not distribute land equally, I see another war coming

  16. what’s left is to introduce mining, to make them 6 subjects

  17. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STUDENTS FROM KUSHINGA PHIKELELA, ESIGODINI MLEVE ETC. TRYING TO OCCUPY KIDS ON NOTHING. AGRICULTURE SHOULD BE TAKEN AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL OR TERTIRY LEVEL. NOT OVER BURDEN THESE KIDS. THEY ALREADY HAVE THIS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. SOMEONE IS TRYING TO TELL THE BOSS THAT THEY ARE WORKING HARD.

  18. are we all going to be farmers in this country. welcome to the garden of eden

  19. tsveee kuti muise Computer Science karamata karamata neagriculture……….

  20. agriculture ndizvo

  21. instead of introducing computing or any other 21st century thing, mongowanza mazi agric enyu ipapa. Vana veku japan vokugadzirirai macalculator amunoshandisa imi kuno, apa venyu vachidzidziswa kubata gejo. Zvakangoomao hazvo

    1. You can say that again this world is ever changing better kufambirana nenguva…agriculture yacho haichabhadhari futi Donje ne Fodya zvakadonha mutengo ..chibage hatichatauri zvobatsirei???????

  22. Finally now they have found relevance for that ministry they created what’s it called “Pyschomotor”.

  23. Professionally,primary school pupils learn 11 subjects,this agric thing brings the total to 12.The burden is to the parties.1.the teacher & the 2.the pupil. In addition to the teaching of vain subjects e.g music,the tr now is going to teach agric. The pupil of average age (9yrs to 13yrs) already burdened with the 11 subjects,now learns agric.Poor planning!

  24. Ndatenda hangu maZimbabwe ne support yenyu kumatama angu. It is quite pleasing to see that the public can see the wrong decisions which the government is continuously making. I believe this is the beginning of the bright future. Let’s learn to say “no” to misguided policies and Acts through peaceful means and out of political circles. Vatozvinzwa so; shoko harivhikiki.

  25. Greedyness is killing the economy.

  26. nonsense!!!!

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