Zimbabwe Replaces Cala With Science&Tech Biased School Based Projects-Muswere

The Zimbabwe Government has replaced Continuous Assessment Learning Activities (CALA) , with science and technology biased school-based projects with immediate effect.This was announced by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Dr.Jenfan Muswere in his weekly cabinet briefing last night.The school based projects of practical applications with the number of areas covered by the non-examination process have been reduced from about eight to one for each subject as learners in primary schools will now be offered a maximum of six learning areas instead of a minimum of 27, which they used to do, while Form 1 to 4 learners will have five compulsory learning areas.

“Learners at secondary school level will study at least three electives from the following categories: the sciences, languages, humanities, commercials, technical and vocational, and physical education and arts.

“The future of the country will increasingly be shaped by science and technology, hence the bias in the education system to foster critical thinking, innovation, creativity, problem-solving and programming,” said the information Czar, Dr Muswere.

Dr Muswere said, the review of the assessment modalities and tools would entail the rationalisation of CALA activities, now denoted as school-based projects, which emphasise on the learner being observed carrying out the practical aspects at school.

The identification of pathways would be implemented early when enrolling learners for secondary education in order to cater for differences in talent and ability.

Muswere added that when they enrol for secondary school level, they would be then categorised according to their areas of proficiency.According to Dr muswere, this is in line with the Second Republic policy of leaving no one and no place behind, whereby the Government is also ensuring the provision of conducive teaching and learning infrastructure in rural areas, small-scale and commercial farming areas as well as old and new resettlement areas.

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