Zimbabwe Replaces CALA

by | Apr 30, 2024 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

Zimbabwe Replaces CALA

•Introduces Compulsory Subjects for O and A Level Students

Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe has introduced the Heritage-Based Education Curriculum replacing the Continuous Assessment Learning Activities (CALA).

The Heritage-Based Education Curriculum, slated to start when schools open for the second term on the 8th of next month, will run from 2024 to 2030.

When Will the Heritage-Based Education Curriculum Start and Will 2024 Exam Classes Be Affected?
This new curriculum is expected to revolutionise the education system to produce individuals equipped with practical skills that align with national development goals. Fortunately for this year’s examination classes, the Heritage-Based Education curriculum framework will not affect them.

Mr Taungana Ndoro, the Director of Communications and Advocacy at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, explained in an interview with state-owned publications that the new curriculum entails certain changes in subject selection for Ordinary Level (O-Level) and Advanced Level (A-Level) students.

What are the Compulsory Subjects for O and A Level
He explained that moving forward, ordinary-level students will be required to study five compulsory subjects alongside three subjects of their choice. On the other hand, advanced-level students will have a minimum requirement of three subjects and the freedom to select an additional subject of their preference.

“These are the initial modalities on how schools are supposed to run. For example, we will be having five compulsory subjects for O-Levels and a total of eight learning areas per learner. For A-Level, there is a requirement for a minimum of three learning areas and a maximum of four per learner. We should also remember that the curriculum is not affecting the current examination classes,” he explained.

The compulsory subjects for O-Level students are Mathematics, English Language, Indigenous Language and Literature, Combined Science and Heritage Studies.