The Uganda Vision 2040 aims to transform Uganda into a modern and prosperous country, while the National Development Goal (NDP) recognises the existing weaknesses in education, including the low efficiency and variable quality at the secondary level. The Sustainable Development Goal 4 advocates for equitable and quality education,while the National Development Plan 2 focuses on enhancement of human capital , development, strengthening mechanisms for quality , effective efficient delivery and improvement of quality and relevance of skills development.The Ministry of Education and Sports(MoES) through the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) therefore, undertook a review of the Lower Secondary Curriculum,aimed at providing a learning environment, opportunities,interactions,tasks and instructions that foster deep learning by putting the learner at the centre of the learning experience. This curriculum involves project based learning ( PBL) The curriculum is based on clear set values that are not taught directly in lessons,nor will they be assessed ,but they will inform and shape all teaching and learning.They are;
1.Respect for humanity and environment.
2.Honesty;uphold and defend the truth at all times
3.Justice and fairness in dealing with others.
4. Hard work for self reliance
5.Integrity; moral uprightness and sound character.
6.creativity and innovativeness
This curriculum has generic skills lie at the Herat of every subject.They are the skills that enable the learner to access and deepen learning across the whole curriculum .They are the skills that are sought by employers and which will unlock the world of work.They are the skills that allow young people to develop into lifelong learners who can adopt to change and cope with the challenges of life in the 21st Century.
Young people need to be able to think critically and slove problems,both at school and at work.They need to be creative and innovative in their approach to learning and lift.They need to be able to communicate well in all forms
Co-operate with others and also work independently.They need to be able to use functional Mathematics and ICT effectively.
There are also.cross- cutting issues that young people need to learn about and they are ;
- Environmental awareness
- Health awareness
- Life skills
- Mixed abilities and involvement
- Socio- economic challenges
- Citizenship and patriotism.
To see the NCDC lower curriculum materials and syllabus books, click here….https://www.ncdc.go.ug/resources-2