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March 7, 2021

Apelis: Standard Based System Competitive

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The Standard Based Education system will go ahead as scheduled.

Despite the short time frame given to develop the necessary curriculums, the Education Department is adamant that this new system will be competitive than the controversial Outcome Based Education.

Last Friday, selected teachers in NCD and Central provinces, with staff from the Curriculum Division completed a two week workshop, drafting syllabus and teaching guides for lower primary.

These teachers have spent two weeks, drafting syllabus, teaching and scripting guides for grades three to five.

They’ve focused only on Literacy, Numeracy and Science.

Though time is not on their side, they have managed to identify some loopholes in the current OBE system and restructure them in the new Standard Based system. 

Education Department, First Assistant Secretary, Curriculum and Standards, Titus Hatagen, said they are not trying to create a brand new model of curriculum, but to readjust and restructure the current model.

Assistant Deputy Secretary, Teaching and Education Standards, Dr Eliakim Apelis, said the new model sets standards in literacy, numeracy and life skills.

Dr Apelis said Standard Based System is comparable and competitive with other countries.

He said the curriculum must be community, nationally and globally based and assessed.

He said the department is yet to develop the national curriculum framework.

Other provinces will be consulted for their input as well.


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