Ministry of General Education Director of Standards and Curriculum Sunday Mwape says the policy by government to change the teaching strategies from English to local languages in lower grades has been a success.
Dr. Mwape said that children in lower grades are now able to write without difficulties because it is easy for a child to link the outdoor experiences to the classroom activities.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr. Mwape stated that lower grades are now producing better results since the change was implemented.
He said the quality of teaching and learning at classroom level was affected when teaching was done in the English language to learners.
“Children are more comfortable to interact and learn when the language being used is best understood by the child,” he said.
Dr. Mwape stated that according to a research that was conducted by specialists in the teaching profession, it was revealed that it is prudent to restructure the teaching and learning strategies for learners.
The Director of Standards stated that the curriculum is helpful to children who do not have a chance of attending early childhood education as it helps them to move the home culture into school.
Dr. Mwape further expressed concern that parents have been misunderstanding the policy noting that this has been the main challenge the Ministry is facing.
He said the local language curriculum is not an issue that will soon be changed but a policy that will be followed as it has turned out to be helpful.