UNEB Questions Curriculum for International Schools
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has questioned the criteria the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) is to use to vet the curriculum for international schools.
The proposal is contained in clause 2 the National Curriculum Development Center Amendment Bill 2020 that is under scrutiny by the Parliament Education Committee.
Two weeks back, the Executive Director for NCDC Grace Baguma, revealed to the committee that clause 2 of the Bill seeks to amend section 2 of the Act to provide for other functions of the Centre, including vetting and approving any international curriculum to be used in Uganda before registration and licensing of the institution or school that intends to use the curriculum.
She noted that they are bringing it on board so that before these schools can register and licensed, their curriculum must be vetted and see whether they conform to the norms and beliefs of the country.
Appearing today to the same committee to give their opinion on the same bill, the executive secretary of UNEB Daniel Odong cast doubt on the move by NCDC given the fact that a number of countries have curriculums of which they have to follow in foreign countries as this is to enable their students to catch-up when they return to their countries.
He mentions the curriculum followed by Cambridge schools (British), Indian schools among others and asks how NCDC will harmonize all those curriculums to meet with the Uganda’s curriculum.