Addressing the Challenges for Quality Learning in the Zambia Education System

By CraigNudelman | November 24th, 2011

Education in Zambia is currently characterized by rote-learning and memorization of knowledge. There limited focus on critical thinking and analysis, which enhances learners’ thinking, especially at primary and secondary levels. This project by the Ministry of Education is meant to support the initial integration of critical thinking concepts into the upper basic and high school curriculum, and the teacher training programmes, as well as in the long term into the rest of the education system. It will reorient teachers from emphasizing rote learning and focus on the development of a curriculum that facilitates analysis, thinking and application with a greater focus on the need for higher order thinking skills. This will be achieved by putting in place a team of teacher trainers who will be responsible for training teachers in the pre-service and in-service teacher-training programmes. At the same time a team of curriculum experts will be trained.

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the teacher training programmers, as well as in the long term into the rest of the education system. It will reorient teachers from emphasizing rote learning and focus on the development of a curriculum that facilitates analysis, thinking and application with a greater focus on the need for higher order thinking skills

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