In responding to these influences, the success of Zimbabwe's new curricula will need to uphold the following:
- All pupils should have access to IT facilities, books and related items and be in a position to use them under competent guidance from the teacher. At the core of concerns so far expressed, all these are reported to be either unavailable or inadequate. It is a call on the responsible Ministry to respond positively and address the shortcomings.
- In moving from one curriculum to another, the management of transition should maintain or improve standards. In Zimbabwe what tended to define the standard achieved at each level of study at school was revealed by the subject content, examination paper and grade scored. The introduction of continuous assessment with a teaching community not seeming to understand what they are doing will make the grades ultimately scored questionable. The Ministry has the obligation to ensure that the examination and grading process is credible enough to be recognised elsewhere. Without that the students' qualifications will stand the risk of not being accepted in several institutions of higher learning internationally.
- Teachers are one of the most critical components of a well-functioning educational system. Obtaining their buy-in on new curriculum development and equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to enable successful implementation should be at the fore.
In conclusion, it is clear that the way ahead is rooted in intensive stakeholder consultation, common understanding and agreement between pupils, as represented by their parents, teachers through their schools and unions, and the Ministry. Such a consultative process should be there to stay as new developments will continue to arise and call on need to revamp the curricula from time to time.
Secretary for Education
Movement For Democratic Change