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The late great Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world”.

Thus education has the power to change lives, the world and even the next generation.

Nevertheless we need to look back and see if the education we impart is relevant enough to play the part of making the world a place of living. This can only be done by assessing the education’s curriculum.

Curriculum assessment over the years had been defined by professors as the totality of learning experiences provided by students so that they can attain general skills and knowledge in a variety of ways.

However, l believe there is more

to that just as Hirst believes that “the curriculum should be made in a

way that individuals with different affinities for learning should be devised”.

Hence the assessment of the curriculum can only make sense when all the children of different intellectual capacities have been catered for. It is only through revision that we envision success for the future, thus it is always necessary to review the curriculum.

If we are equipping the youth

with the necessary skills that can make them survive in the 21st century which is a concrete jungle, the curriculum must familiarise the youth with phenomena such as technology.

It is also through assessment that the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora noticed a gap in financial subjects in schools saying it exposed the loopholes in the education system.

The system of constantly revising the curriculum is done in order to produce the finest breed of intellectuals, sports persons or even entertainers.

Hardie postulates that “a teacher is a gardener who fosters natural growth of his plants” which in this instance are the students.

The teacher is responsible for individual development of the child’s skills such as understanding and critical thinking, but most of all what is important is to produce a well cultured, intelligent and ambitious student who is equipped with all the life skills needed to survive in the modern world.

Sustainable Development Goals state that: “There is need to ensure effective learning for all children and youth for life and livelihood.”

The main aim after all is to develop the individual to live a sustainable livelihood and to fit in the puzzle of society.

The writer is a Lower Six student at Vainona High School who delivered this speech at the just ended Southern African Association for Educational Assessment Conference.

Source : The Herald

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