The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) held teacher training sessions across the country to teach secondary school tutors the format of a new ordinary level curriculum that they intended to roll out at the beginning of this school year.
News reaching The Ugandan Wire suggest that for the five days that teachers were trained about the new curriculum, only Shs 30,000 was given to them as facilitation, accounting for a meagre Shs 6,000 per day. Barely enough to afford you beans in a restaurant.
From our sources however, NCDC afforded decent meals for the teachers that were going through the training and accommodation was also provided for the five days they were learning.
The student assessment model is expected to change under the new curriculum that Parliament halted for ill preparation by the schools. Accordingly, formative assessment will account for 20 per cent of the student’s achievements in full spread of the Ordinary Level (O-Level) while summative assessment, which will be awarded by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), will contribute 80 per cent to the candidate’s final score at S.4, making it a little more practical than the former.
Members of Parliament suspended the program and demanded that the Ministry of Education first avails new textbooks to schools and train more teachers to be able to roll out the new curriculum. They also advised government to reduce the teacher:student ratio from the current 1:100 to the standard 1:40.
Senior One students that were expected to begin the new curriculum will report to school on February 17.