The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says it will introduce a new secondary school curriculum by September next year.
The change of the curriculum is aimed at strengthening education goals, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Rebecca Phwitiko.
There are new inclusions to the curriculum such as climate change, information and communications technology (ICT), gender and anti-corruption messages.
“Basically, there are seven categories of skills that have been taken into consideration in the formulation of this new curriculum. (These are) citizen ship, economic development, environmental management, occupational and entrepreneurship skills, practical skills as well as ethical and social-cultural skills,” she said the.
Only Form One students will start with the new curriculum. On what the ministry will do to teachers who will see the curriculum as new, Phwitiko said the teachers will be oriented to prepare them for the new curriculum.
Eight subjects will form core teaching component part. These are english, history, geography, agriculture, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
The change of the curriculum follows a number of consultations one of which took place in January this year. It included academics from the University of Malawi (Unima), Mzuzu University (Mzuni), Lilongwe University for Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), Kamuzu Academy, public and private secondary schools.
“The new syllabus will consider economic, political, social and environmental changes,” said William Susuwele-Banda, Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) director, during the meeting.