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National History Teaching Conference Set For Gweru

The History Teachers Association (HTA) will next week hold a two day conference for Ordinary and Advanced Level history teachers in an effort to address sticking points regarding teaching of the subject at schools following the introduction of the new education curriculum.

The two day workshop is set to take place at the Midlands State University (MSU) from 19 t0 22 June and is set to bring together stakeholders from the education sector and the history teaching fraternity so as to unpack the new teaching methodologies in line with the recently introduced education curriculum.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Professor Paul Mavhima is set to address the teachers while stakeholders from Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC), Curriculum Development Technical Services (CDTS) , college and university lecturers as well as history fundi’s are expected to grace the occasion.

In an interview, President of the HTA Manners Msongelwa said during the 2018 examination, most students did not do well due to some anomalies on the examination papers hence the idea to have this workshop.

“The conference came about after we discovered that last year students did not do well in their November examination. The conference is therefore expected to unpack the structure of the newly designed question paper to the teachers so that they in turn pass the knowledge to the students. We found out that the 2018 results were not pleasing hence we came up with this conference to iron out any sticking points,” said Msongelwa.

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He said ZIMSEC officials are expected to interpret fully the new set up to the stakeholders.

“All history teachers across the country are expected to attend the conference as ZIMSEC and CDTS are expected to enlighten the teachers on the new setup of the examination structure. We expect an improvement in the delivering of the lesson after the workshop,” he said.

Msongelwa said a discussion will also be held on how best to bridge the gap between the data the students will be having on their way to tertiary institutions.

“You find that tertiary institutions will be represented, we also want to forge the best way forward, bridge the gap between high school and tertiary institution data,” he said.

Last year, government introduced an updated version of the education curriculum and a lot is still being done to ensure that both teachers and learners grasp the demands of the latest version.

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