The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) implemented a revised national curriculum from 2013. MESVTEE have recognised that fundamental challenges have been encountered during the curriculum roll-out, which include: insufficient training for teachers, school managers and MESVTEE staff; delays in the provision of text books to learners and teachers; insufficient support materials and resources for adequate delivery of the curriculum; lack of information about and skills in continuously assessing learning (formative and summative); inadequate infrastructure and, in particular, insufficient classrooms for the high levels of student enrolment; lack of effective and efficient systems and processes for monitoring and evaluating curriculum delivery; and too few copies of the new Curriculum Framework documents and syllabi issued to schools.
As Core Adviser for Curriculum Lilla has recently undertaken two assignments during the inception phase of the ZESSTA programme which have supported MESVTEE in addressing the challenges they face in curriculum roll-out by producing three costed optional scenarios (high, medium and low) for the implementation of the revised national curriculum which are designed to:
- optimise learning outcomes and build on progress achieved thus far,
- support the identification of appropriate resources through the national budgeting process
- provide evidence to inform the 2015 DFID Joint Annual Review (JAR).