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New National Standards Curriculum will allow for flexibility in teaching methods – Gov't

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:06 PM
Senator Reid says the National Standards Curriculum will allow for teachers to customise the learning experience based on the needs of particular sets of students.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says the new National Standards Curriculum (NSC) will improve the performance of boys in the education system as it seeks to overhaul teaching methods in schools.

Senator Reid says the NSC will allow for teachers to customise the learning experience based on the needs of particular sets of students.

The Education Minister, who was addressing members of the Rotary Club of St Andrew at a luncheon yesterday in Kingston, said the new system will improve the general academic performance, attitude and behaviour of students, which should redound to the positive shaping of the national social and economic fabric.

The Education Ministry began implementing aspects of the NSC last September in Grades one, four, seven and nine.

The new system is to be fully implemented this September when it is introduced in grades two, three, five and six.

With the NSC, emphasis will be placed on project-based and problem-solving learning, with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Arts integrated at all levels.

Senator Reid says the approaches will allow learners to have hands-on experiences that are similar to real-world situations, making the learning experience less abstract and more concrete.