Our Curriculum, Our Journey
Zimbabwe’s Curriculum Framework, 2015 to 2022
The Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (the Ministry) has introduced an updated Curriculum Framework and related syllabi for implementation in all schools in the country, beginning January 2017. The updated Curriculum Framework is part of major reforms the country is undertaking in its education system.
The updated Curriculum Framework marks the culmination of three years of work that began with the launch of the currirculum reform process by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. L.D.K. Dokora, in October 2014, building on the findings of the The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Education and Training (CIET), sometimes called The Nziramasanga Commission, of 1998 available here
The CIET Report made far reaching recommendations which to a large extent were not implemented. Since the CIET Report, myriad developments which impinge on education have occurred and necessitated a review of those recommendations.
This resulted in the 2014 review exercise and the development of an updated Curriculum Framework. The updated Curriculum presents a unique opportunity for the country to prepare its children for current and future opportunities and challenges.
It is premised on the development of competencies – knowledge, skills, and attitudes – in each learner, as well as on the promotion of national identity, Reforming the education curriculum at regular intervals to suit changing circumstances is a common, and good, practice around the world.
However, curriculum reform is a major and challenging undertaking, and the Ministry appreciates the input and support of all stakeholders working to ensure our education system continues to adapt and excel.
The success of the updated curriculum and other policies of the education sector is dependent on active participation of all our Teachers and School Heads, and the nation at large.
The implementation of the curriculum in Primary and Secondary Schools shall be guided by the Curriculum Framework 2015 to 2022 available here
A summary of the Framework is also available here
The Curriculum Framework presents heads, teachers and the entire education system with a unique opportunity to engage in professional development, to improve learning outcomes and to prepare learners for current and future opportunities and challenges.
The task of curriculum implementation requires focused and committed leadership to lead the implementation in the school.
The thrust of the curriculum is premised on the development of competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes) and promotion of national identity including inculcating values of Unhu/ Ubuntu/Vumunhu.
For more details of the learning areas and other implementation modalities please click here
We have also prepared a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the updated curriculum which is available here