Create awareness on O-Level curriculum
Most parents who have children older and two admit they have difficulty understanding the new curriculum being implemented for junior high schools across the country.
The new curriculum, which was introduced in February 2020, should be student-based. This means that it aims to help students in their areas of expertise. It also reduces the number of subjects students study, giving them more time to focus on a few
The new curriculum has many benefits, as expressed by scholars and education experts. First, focusing on students and their competencies allows each student not just to learn, but to thrive in school, as opposed to where previously the focus was on the curriculum.
Second, students' performance scores over four years will be 20 percent of their grades in addition to the 80 percent that come from final national exams taken in their fourth year. This means that students must work steadily to achieve good results within four years, not just the fourth year.
However, the current struggle is to get important stakeholders, including parents, teachers and students themselves, to understand how the new curriculum works, what has changed and what is required of them.
Many teachers still do not understand the new curriculum and why it was introduced. This means that it will be difficult for them to teach students if they do not understand its importance and how it works.
It is also possible that schools may need to introduce more subjects of choice, provide more equipment or experience, or provide different ways of learning for students.
This could mean an increase in tuition fees for students. If parents are unaware of all these changes, it will be difficult for them to assess the needs of the school.
Many parents also find it difficult to understand the timing of the reports. The score has completely changed, and the explanation in the timesheets is minimal.
The curriculum looks good, “on paper”, as they say. In order for it to work, there must be a general acceptance and evaluation of it by the main stakeholders.
This can be done only with constant awareness. The ministry should ensure that schools teach their teachers at all times and that students are also taken care of. They should also urge schools to hold awareness conversations with parents to educate them so they can also come on board.
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