Govt revises school curriculum, replaces 4-7-2-3 system with 3-6-4-2 structure


The 2023 Education Curriculum Framework (ZECF) has adjusted the structure of Zambia’s education system in government’s quest to provide guidance on the preferred type of education for the country.

Zambia’s education system had been adjusted to 3-6-4-2 from 4-7-2-3, according to the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary-Education Services, Joel Kamoko.

In his Preface contained in the ZECF, Kamoko stated that the ECE had been reduced from four to three years, while primary education level had also been reduced from seven to six years, with eligible entry reduced from seven to six years.

“The Secondary education level has been restructured and increased from five to six years to accommodate two years of A–levels.

“Thus, learners will be provided with four years of ordinary secondary education and two years of advanced Secondary (A level). Notably, forms have replaced Grades at Secondary school level,” Kamoko said.

He also indicated that automatic progression from primary to secondary school had been abolished together with the junior secondary school leaving examination.

He explained that learners, forthwith, candidates would write their school certificate examination at end of form four.

“It is expected that this competence based curriculum will equip learners at all levels of education with vital knowledge, skills and values that are necessary for the actualisation of our vision 2023,” Kamoko concluded.

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