The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), has introduced new combinations in order to reduce the workload of unnecessary subjects that have been offered in the past. Streamlining subjects students take according to relevance, saves them much time and energy.
Imagine that some students have had to endure strange mixes of both sciences and arts, but at the end of the day half of what they study is relevant to their future careers.
Changing curricula also means that our education system will groom and churn out students for specific fields, in furthering their studies or in their work.
The new system must therefore be held hand in hand with serious career development initiatives that enable students, to early enough identify subjects of their interest based on the jobs they wish for in the future.
It would simply be pointless to have a perfect curriculum that fails to deliver for students on the job front. The two must therefore go hand in hand. By the time a student completes high school they should have an idea of the fields of study in tertiary institutions.
The process must therefore continue to the employment front, necessitating research on the job market, in terms of job availability. Where there are wide gaps on the market, students are encouraged to take subjects that satisfy these.
Education is key to the country’s national development, the initiative by the NCDC is therefore timely, and will go a long way in furthering the goals of Vision 2020.