Curriculum for English Medium Education Level – Std III-VI in Tanzania
The revision of the Curriculum for Primary Education of 2005 was done in order to satisfy the requirements of the Education and Training Policy of 1995, the Education Sector Development Plan 1999 – 2025 and the Tanzania Development Vision 2025. The revision was aimed at the Development of Primary Education 2000 – 2006, the
National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction, specific recommendation of research in education, the teaching and learning needs and the suggestions of education stakeholders. Prior to 2005, the curriculum for Early Childhood Education, Primary Education and Secondary Education put emphasis on the content of the subjects to be taught.
The 2005 curriculum covered Standard I – VII. Revision was made such that the 2005 curriculum should put emphasis on competence. Prior to 2005, the curriculum for Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Education put emphasis on the content of the subjects to be taught. The 2005 curriculum covered Standard I-VII. Revision was made such that the 2005 curriculum should put emphasis on competence. However, it was felt the curriculum still emphasized content rather than competence. In 2015 the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training reviewed the curriculum for Primary Education starting with Standards I and II. The curriculum has put emphasis
on improving competences in Reading, Writing and Early Mathematics.
This change is a result of various researches which revealed that there was a serious problem of pupils not being competent in reading, writing and Early Mathematics. Morover, the 2005 curriculum cycle at the Primary education level ended in 2012; seven years since its conception. Following the revision of the curriculum for Standard I and II, the curriculum for Standard III – VI was due for revision.