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GOVERNMENT says the revised education curriculum is aimed at enhancing the reading and writing culture in children. Minister of Education, Early Childhood and Vocational Training, John Phiri said the revised education curriculum will improve education standards in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the revised education curriculum in Lusaka yesterday, Dr Phiri said the new curriculum is meant to promote root learning and easy memorising for school-going children. “Poor reading and writing culture is one of the biggest challenges school-going children face, so I, therefore, hope that this new curriculum will enhance the reading and writing skills of our children,” said Dr Phiri. He said pupils from grade one to four will be taught in local languages in all primary subjects.

The minister also said local languages will be compulsory at junior secondary level.
Dr Phiri said the new curriculum will be implemented at four levels of the school system and these are early childhood education, primary, secondary and adult literacy. He said the curriculum will also help pupils to become entrepreneurs when they complete school.

”In this new curriculum, pupils are expected to be more practical because I have decided to include practical courses at  secondary level  such as electrical engineering, bricklaying, carpentry, food production and home management so that when a pupil completes school, they  will not depend on going to university and college to learn skills,” Dr Phiri said
Dr Phiri said the curriculum will empower learners to put theory into practice.

He said the new curriculum is in line with the Patriotic Front (PF) manifesto and urged Zambians to support efforts by Government to improve education standards. “I, therefore, urge Zambians to take time to read the new education curriculum and have an understanding of what we are trying to do,” Dr Phiri said He urged teachers to help government to implement new curriculum and show its benefits through teaching.

Dr Phiri said Government has set aside K 1.4 million for the materials needed to fully implement the new curriculum.
And Ministry of Education, Early Childhood and Vocational Training permanent secretary Patrick Nkanza thanked cooperating partners and organisations involved in revising the curriculum.