Dokora comes out in defence of new curriculum

PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora yesterday refuted allegations that the updated curriculum was distorting learning process, saying it is going to open up opportunities for Zimbabweans to be skilful and not just be mere academics.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora
Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora

Dokora said although it was good for people to be academic, skills and other dimensions fulfilled in the updated curriculum would also make learning easy for pupils.

The minister has been under fire from different stakeholders saying the updated curriculum will damage the education sector.

“We have just opened up the space for the kids’ potentials. Every kid’s dream really should be carefully worked into a study plan,” Dokora said.

“When, like the MPs were telling me that there is 0% pass rate (in some constituencies), it is painful for me because I can see why they are asking, but I can see why they cannot understand my response.

“All they want is that these kids must pass, but you are forcing everybody into a narrow grouping of academic works. Not everybody is academic and even those that we push into academics and have 17 As, I have asked the question: What can you do (in terms of skill)?

“In short, we have educated this kid to be frustrated. They are out in the streets selling airtime because they cannot do anything. They are educated to be employed.”

He said Zimbabweans were spending too much time learning non-important things like general knowledge of “longest river in Africa, the tallest mountain in Africa, the most popular city in Africa” that did not contribute much to life skills.

In other countries, skilful youths had managed to set up successful companies that were employing huge numbers.

In Zimbabwe, Dokora said talent must be nurtured from infant school, where young pupils learn basic skills as prescribed in the curriculum.

He said the curriculum was a product of the Nziramasanga Commission of Inquiry, which made many recommendations that were, however, not implemented.

The minister said the updated curriculum makes learning pleasurable, adding those who were not well informed about the curriculum had been making a lot of unfounded allegations on what pupils and teachers are supposed to do.

Dokora said it was necessary to put policy first before other required needs in terms of manpower and facilities.

A full interview with minister Dokora will be published on Sunday in The Standard.

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4 Comments

  1. In most cases we rush to criticize before we analyze and understand what someone is bringing out. Minister Dokora’s changes will eventually benefit the future generations. Unfortunately people by their nature are resistant to change. Surely skills are important for the development of the nation at large and the child in particular. When we grew up we were specifically educated on academic basis. After school we would run around with academic certificates looking for employment. then the question is who would have created that employment. Regrettably we were brainwashed to the extent that we think academic excellence is the only way out of poverty.

    Let’s give the Minister a chance and support him. Let’s not forget that most of the things or inventions we are enjoying today are as result of some people who decided to think outside the box and at times faced strong criticism. We should not stay in comfort zone on the expense of our children. Mind you change doesn’t change. It is the only permanent factor in life and change is inevitable. If one doesn’t change will become irrelevant.

  2. no new syllabus for lower six students who have statrted clssses dokora ‘s programme has failed parents. 2018 lets vote for old curriculum.

  3. Foresight you are just as blind as Dokora.Such changes only tend to work in a stable economy.We are not like zanu pf supporters who blindly supports even if their party kills and maims people.How can you make computers compulsory when it is not a secret that 95 percent of rural students have no access to computers?When 80 percent of the teachers cannot teach computers?Should we just accept change for the sake of it?Your government is even failing to pay teachers and yet you expect the teachers to give maximum effort in administering knowledge to our kids.You are actually killing the future of our children by introducing your half baked changes in an economic enviroment which is totally not conducive.Change should be gradually in tandem with the kind of economic enviroment that we are operating in.It is like changing Bob from being president and replacing him with Gire and you call that acceptable change.Wake up mhani! Nxaa

    1. @Janana wa Bikaz yes , i agree with you. People like Foresight(read first comment) want us to first die and then wake up to the reality of how bad Dokora ‘s curriculum is.

      people like Dokora leave in their own reality that does not even describe the plight of ordinary Zimbabweans .

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