Schools to start new curricula
When the new school term begins in January, students at 24 institutions across the country will be exposed to the new grades one to nine curricula.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said last week the grades one to nine curricula were now finished and ready to be piloted in selected schools.
"The Ministry of Education has completed the writing of the new curriculum for grades 1-9 and it is now undergoing the review process," Thwaites told Parliament.
He indicated that manuals were being produced for the 24 schools selected and teachers in these schools have been trained in how best to use the new content and resources.
The minister added that the pilot and review of the syllabuses for the other grades would commence during the 2014-2015 school year, and be partially rolled out in the following school year.
The upgraded curricula are expected to make the transition between grade levels more seamless with the quality and depth of lessons in each subject enhanced.
The Grade Six Achievement Test is also expected to be revamped to include greater assessment of students' abilities under the new curriculum.
In June, Radley Reid, senior adviser to the minister, told The Gleaner that the ministry had expected the improved curriculum would have been piloted in 30 schools this past September.
The primary and secondary schools curricula have been under revision for close to two years.