Limited time hinders implementation of CBC

Wednesday February 12 2020


Some teachers are experiencing scheduling challenges as they move to implement the competent based curriculum. PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA 

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Some teachers have raised concerns over available limited time to cover competent-based curriculum.

The teachers say there is not enough time during the term to teach the different subjects under the competent based curriculum.

However, officials at the Rwanda Education Board (REB) maintain that teachers are required to make arrangements and deliver effectively within the official term.

Theos Niyodusenga has been teaching Biology at Groupe Scholaire Munini in Gatsibo District in Eastern Province since the inception of the competent based curriculum in 2015.

“I have been improvising to find time to cover all the units in biology especially in Senior 3 otherwise, the curriculum is broader than in the weeks available for studying” he said.

Mr Niyodusenga, like other teachers who spoke to Rwanda Today, said he “expects the school curriculum to break down a subject into topics, units and number of lesson) and fit them in the school calendar to help teachers know what and when to teach.”


Francois Ntezirizaza, director of studies at Kiyanza Secondary School in Rulindo District Northern Province told Rwanda Today that teachers are required to breakdown the curriculum in a realistic way.

“The problem is that the curriculum is different from the school calendar in practical terms and if the teacher follows step by step of the curriculum, some content cannot be covered in a year,” Mr Ntezirizaza said.

“Teachers and students find time in early morning hours, evening and weekends and this is fatigue loaded upon both of them,” added Mr Nteziryayo.