Promoting Excellence in Curriculum Development

  • Backround

    The department is divided into two divisions namely the Curriculum Development Unit and the Technical Services. The National Curriculum Development and Technical Services (CDTS) has transformed from various names that it had before independence.

    It was established as a department by the Ministry of Education, Government of Rhodesia in 1975 to implement the recommendations of the Lewis Taylor committee regarding Primary African education and the Curriculum. At the beginning the Unit was concerned with three main areas: African Languages, English and Mathematics 1979 it grew to cover other areas such as Environmental Science, Social Studies and Religious Education.

    The Unit was made up of two distinct units namely the Primary Education Unit (PEDU) and the Secondary Education Unit (SEDU), each unit had four permanent officers and eight officers who were seconded in the department.

    In mid-1983 PEDU and SEDU were merged to form the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) to integrate the Primary and Secondary Education thus CDU has existed to date. Currently CDU has included Technical Services (TS) division and is now known as the Curriculum Development and Technical Services (CDTS).

    The mandate of CDTS is to improve the quality of the country’s curriculum which comprise of Technical and Vocational Education, Languages and Humanities, Physical Education, School Sport, Arts and Culture, Sciences and Mathematics and Audio Visual Services. Within this mandate, the institute takes initiatives to offer need based Human Resource Development programmes through appropriate modes and develop curricula and instructional resources. It also fosters research in the inter-disciplinary area of Curriculum Education.

    In carrying out the above mandate, the department collaborates with, individuals, experts, captains of industry and commerce, educationists as well as national and international Institutes, Universities and other agencies interested in, and deriving benefits from, Curriculum education and training.

  • Core Activities

    The centre carries out research, central planning and designing curriculum activities for academic programmes such as staff development, needs analysis, short course planning and dissemination, maintenance of training data, coordination of training programmes, and preparation of teaching learning materials for developmental projects. The centre develops curricula for all learning programmes and also revises the existing curricula at regular intervals. The centre offers training programmes in the core areas of curriculum development and evaluation, professional development of teachers, and assessment in consultation with the Ministry’s parastatal, the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC).

  • Vision

    To be a hub centre for industrially relevant curriculum for Primary and Secondary Education that follows current approaches in curriculum design for socio-economic development.

  • Mission

    • To be a centre where any innovative, equitable, quality, inclusive, relevant and competence-driven education Curriculum can be designed, developed, tested and evaluated for Infant, Junior, Secondary and Non-Formal Education.
    • To offer quality, flexible, relevant and cost-effective Curriculum in various modes including web based one.
    • To demonstrate leadership by organising dynamic and leading edge programmes to meet the changing needs of the Industry and the Community.
    • To develop into the Ministry’s nerve centre, a department that provides effective and efficient services to the teachers.
    • To help in solving problems in Curriculum and Education through research, development and extension activities.
    • To establish and foster collaboration with industry, state, national and international Institutes, Universities and other agencies committed to the development of Curriculum in the country.
  • Core Values

  • Our Objectives are:

    1. To act as a centre for offering quality training programmes for teachers and learners as per needs of the client system, covering the entire Primary and Secondary Education system.
    2. To arrange for training of teachers in syllabus interpretation and curriculum design
    3. To undertake systemic research to provide inputs for development of curriuclum training systems and management.
    4. To undertake and guide research for development of innovative methods, processes and practices for improvement of teaching-learning environment in education institutions.
    5. To design new instructional system and strategies for production of multimedia learning materials.
    6. To develop and disseminate learning resources like Textbooks, Laboratory Manuals, Video Programmes, Computer Assisted Instructional Multimedia Packages to schools and non-formal institutions and other organisations.
    7. To collaborate with Community and Industries in organising Continuing and Non-formal education programmes and providing extension services.
    8. To establish learning area panels for serving the specific needs of each individual learning area.
    9. To provide support services to Government of Zimbabwe schemes related to education system and as entrusted by MoPSE and Government of Zimbabwe, from time to time.
    10. Cooperate with educational or other institutions in any part of the world having similar objectives wholly or partly similar to those of the institute by exchange of teachers and scholars and generally in such manner as may be conducive to their common objects.


Key Staff

The Principal Director | Dr. A.P.T Makanda

Principal Director Curriculum Development and Technical Services

Deputy Directors:

Divisions in CDTS Department