Students will just be given direct entry into secondary schools.
That’s according to Patrick Daudau, Director of the Curriculum Development Center (CDC) of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD).
Mr Daudau said that according to the MEHRD long term plan, the final lot of students to sit for the SISE exams will be those doing year six in 2014.
“After that, year six students will just go straight into secondary school education having completed primary level-they will no longer be required to six for the SISE exams,” Mr Daudau said.
Asked if this will result in negative achievement and successive results for students.
Mr Daudau said that by 2014, all materials under the newly revised curriculum would already be implemented in all schools in the country.
“With the new curriculum, it provides and focuses more on a learner centered approach whereby we encourage students to do a lot of activities in groups.
“We not only teach them but rather give them the opportunity to teach themselves through their peers.”
He further noted that there will no longer be classes where they have teachers doing all the talking and writing all the notes, but rather classes whereby it encourages discussion and sharing of ideas.
“Through this approach, we believe that students will learn far greater things and at the same time directs and paves a smooth transition for them from primary to secondary school level.
“Things that will be taught at year seven (form one) will be a continuation of what the students have come through whilst in primary-specifically year (grade) six,” Mr Daudau said.
Mr Daudau and his team from the CDC are currently conducting a week-long induction workshop for various education authorities around the Solomon Islands, focusing mainly on the newly revised curriculum.
By JEREMY INIFIRI
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