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Phased Implementation of New Zambian Education Curriculum Announced

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the recently approved 2023 Zambia Education Curriculum will be introduced gradually over the next four years, aligning with international standards for curriculum changes. 

This announcement was made by Mr. Joel Kamoko, Permanent Secretary of Education Services, during his appearance on ZNBC’s TV2 Morning Live programme.

The new curriculum introduces Advanced Levels (A Levels) in additional education pathways, including Social Sciences, Business, Finance, and Performing and Creative Arts. Previously, A Levels were solely available in Natural Sciences. 

This diversification aims to broaden educational opportunities and cater to a wider range of student interests and career aspirations.

Significant structural changes accompany the new curriculum, with the education system transitioning from the 4-7-5-4 structure to a 3-6-6-3 system. Early Childhood Education will now span three years instead of four, and Primary Education will be reduced from seven to six years. 

Secondary Education, however, will be extended from five to six years to include A Levels, providing students with a more comprehensive secondary education.

Another major change is the reduction of the duration for Degree courses from four years to three years. Additionally, the eligibility age for entry into Grade 1 has been lowered from seven to six years, allowing children to commence their formal education earlier.

The language of instruction across all educational levels will now be English, replacing the previously used seven local languages. However, the curriculum encourages code-switching during foundational learning to support linguistic diversity.

In a shift from the traditional system, “Forms” will replace “Grades” at the secondary school level. Furthermore, automatic progression from Form 1 to Form 4 will be abolished, promoting a more merit-based advancement system.

Mr. Kamoko emphasised that these changes aim to enhance the quality and inclusivity of Zambia’s education system, ensuring it meets contemporary educational standards and prepares students effectively for future challenges.

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