Home » Literacy » Tonga to Be Examined At O’ Level

FOLLOWING the successful inaugural examination of the minority languages such as Tonga at Grade 7 three years ago, the government will, starting next year, examine the languages at O’ Level.

The examination of minority languages in the country commenced in 2011 following years of marginalisation which saw only two vernacular languages – Shona and Ndebele – being recognised as “national” with children being taught only in those two apart from English.

Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Sunday, Primary and Secondary education minister, Lazarus Dokora, said his ministry was currently crafting the Tonga “O” level syllabus.

“We want to examine at “O” Level some languages like Tonga which we have only been able to do at Grade 7. We are currently developing the curriculum with other stakeholders such as UNICEF,” said Dokora.

Dokora also revealed that his ministry had secured $5 million which will be channelled towards the training of teachers in ICTs as well as train those who have not yet attained non teaching qualifications.

He said his ministry has engaged six experts in curriculum development whose brief is to craft an education blueprint which will guide education policies for the next seven years.

Dokora said this process will run alongside the current curriculum review process where the ministry is engaging various stakeholders on the issue.

“Apart from glorifying other people’s values and history, our education system has been examination driven for a very long time. We now want a curriculum which also takes into consideration a lot of developments and processes which this country has experienced such as the land reform programme,” said Dokora.

Source : New Zimbabwe