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Revised curriculum for September

Published:Friday | June 28, 2013 | 12:00 AM

A revised curriculum for primary and secondary schools is to be rolled out in 30 schools across the country come September.

Radley Reid, senior adviser to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, has indicated that the modified curriculum is at an advanced stage of completion and will be piloted in the 2013-2014 school year.

Reid said grades one to nine would benefit from the upgraded curriculum as it is aimed at making the transition between grades more seamless.

"The curriculum will see students transitioning effortlessly from one grade to the next. The quality and depth will be enhanced in each subject," Reid said.

He noted that the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) would also be revamped to facilitate greater assessment of students' abilities.

Reid said the new GSAT would see students being assessed in three ways: a school-based assessment marked by teachers; an abilities examination to test students' higher-learning skills; and an achievement test based on the curriculum.

less focus on content

He said the new GSAT would be less content-oriented and would be based more on enhancing students' critical-thinking skills.

The primary and secondary schools curriculum has been under revision for more than a year.

Reid said after the pilot, consultations would be done and the new curriculum would be fully rolled out in 2016.

He said teachers would be sensitised to the revised curriculum before its widescale rollout.

jermaine.francis@gleanerjm.com