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Minister of Education Gives Update on his Ministry’s Curriculum Reform Exercise

Over the last three months, the Ministry of Education held nationwide consultations with stakeholders to reform the curriculum from preschool to high school. The announcement of curriculum reform was made last year August by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr Louis Zabaneh who said that the curriculum would be streamlined. Providing an update is Minister of Education, Francis Fonseca:
Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “Within the next month, we’ll be wrapping that up. As you know, the pilot will be launched in August of this year, the new school year. So the pilot and then we will fully implement it across the country in the next, in 2023. So we will pilot it in 2022 and then fully implement in 2023.”
The Ministry has been actively working to create a curriculum that focuses on strengthening the competencies of students, especially after the effects of the pandemic which hampered students’ progress in class. And while fully-able students were impacted, children with diverse abilities were also impacted, even more so. The Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children, Rossana Briceno explained that there will be future meetings to ensure that these children are included.
H.E. Rossanna Briceño, Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children: “I know the minister, Minister Zabaneh, has been working very hard with the curriculum reform and I have not been able to put that part in. I know that that part will be put in. The sit down has, the conversation needs to continue and I’m sure that in the near future that will be discussed but the curriculum at the national level, yes, has always needed that reform and I think that the team is doing an excellent job and of course the follow up will have to take place to ensure that our children with disabilities are also receiving the services and are included.”