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Education college revamps curricula

‘Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — The rector of the Lesotho College of Education (LCE) says the college is revamping its curricula to improve the quality of programmes it offers.
John Oliphant said this during the college’s 17th graduation ceremony at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre on Friday. This year LCE awarded diplomas in secondary and primary education to 690 graduates.
Ten other graduates received diplomas in secondary technology.
Oliphant said in the 2013 academic year the college hopes to offer more relevant and better quality curricula in its diploma programmes.
These programmes would integrate emerging issues around HIV and Aids, sustainable development, climate change, global citizenship, among others.
“We also need different engineering in our teacher preparation programmes. We need teachers who subscribe to child-friendly schools principles, teachers who respect the rights of the children they teach,” he added.
In the past three years the LCE had taken a lead in setting up a child-friendly schools programme with the support of the Commonwealth and United Nations Emergency Children’s Fund (Unicef).
The programme produced a teacher training manual in child-friendly schools principles and practices.
The manual pays particular attention to the socio-cultural aspects of HIV and Aids in Lesotho.
During the same occasion Deputy Education Minister ’Matanki Mokhabi, said she was concerned that most qualified teachers opt to work in urban schools.
“My ministry’s priority of improving access and equity can only be achieved through increased numbers of qualified, competent teachers for our schools in all parts of the country,” Mokhabi said.
She thanked the World Bank scheme which offers qualified teachers incentives to work in rural areas.
“This priority can also be achieved through attention to inclusive education that also pays attention to the diverse needs of our society including the needs of people with disabilities and those in various challenging circumstances.”

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