Local languages for pre-school to Grade 4
The Ministry of Education, Science ,Vocational Training and Early Education says the reviewed education curriculum which will be implemented in 2014 will see the use of familiar local languages as languages of instruction as well as languages for teaching initial literacy from Pre-School to Grade 4.
Permanent Secretary Patrick Nkanza in a statement issued to QFM News today says his ministry is currently reviewing the education curriculum from early education to tertiary education.
Dr Nkanza says the purposes of the review include among other things re-defining the language policy in order to enhance the teaching and learning process.
He says English language will be introduced as a subject at Grade 2 but continue to be used as a language of instruction from Grade 5 to tertiary level.
Dr Nkanza adds that the ministry has developed a National Literacy Strategy which is meant to enhance the teaching of initial literacy in Zambian languages by teachers in primary schools.
He further adds that the strategy has been followed by development of instructional material for teaching initial literacy in all the seven official Zambian languages.
He states that in line with the new curriculum, the ministry has revised the existing syllabi from Grade 1 to 12 and developed new syllabi in the areas of information technology,computer studies,sign language ,Braille and pre-school education.
Dr Nkanza further states that the language of instruction Policy has been reviewed in all the necessary documents, specifically in the Education policy and the Education Curriculum Framework.
The Permanent Secretary says the new syllabi will be piloted from January to April,2013 in selected districts and schools in all the provinces, adding that schools involved in the pilot have already been oriented in the new curriculum.
Dr Nkanza adds that the Minister of education will officially launch the new curriculum in June 2013.