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A Revised National Curriculum Framework For Pre-Primary Education

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A Revised National Curriculum Framework for teaching pre-primary children aged three to five years, was launched, in presence of the Vice-Prime Minister (VPM), Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, yesterday, at the J & J Auditorium in Phoenix.

The Director of Early Childhood Care and Education Authority (ECCA), Mrs C. Arekion; the Chairperson of the ECCA,Mrs F. Toorawa; and the Director of the Mauritius Institute of Education, Dr H. Bessoondyal, were also present.

Presentations focusing on the aspects of the Revised National Curriculum Framework and Teacher’s Guidelines to Education were also made to familiarise educators with new strategies and approaches to be adopted for teaching.

In her address, VPM Dookun-Luchoomun, indicated that there was an urgent need to render the curriculum more modern and relevant to the present context bearing in mind the new scientific evidences guiding pedagogy in the sector.

She pointed out that the development of cognitive processes, the development of psycho-motor skills and socio-emotional skills as well as the shaping of the character starts during early years. She stressed that it is crucial to have early investment and interventions for young children to acquire educational achievement, positive attitudes and employment prospects in the future. Hence, the provision of free pre-primary education by the Government to ensure equity and inclusiveness.

A Revised National Curriculum Framework For Pre-Primary Education

Government, stated Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun, is conscious of the importance of building up a solid foundation for a child’s academic success, emotional development and social skills and is investing massively to bring about a transformation in the education system. She called upon educators to review on the methodology and resources being used while encouraging them to adapt to the needs and expectations of the learners.

For her part, Mrs Arekion underlined the importance of a curriculum for educators adding that it serves as an essential tool to determine and plan activities for children throughout their preschool years. The curriculum, she said, has been designed in the best interests of the children with the aim to foster their holistic development as it is during preschool years that children start to learn basic manners, values, behaviours, academic knowledge and skills. Additionally, she indicated that the curriculum is research-based, innovative and holistic in line with latest trends and right approaches.

As for Mrs Toorawa, dwelt on the important role of educators in the lives of students while underling that they are torchbearers for change and transformation. Teachers, she stressed, have a stupendous responsibility in inspiring children and motivating them to become a better version of themselves. As regards the curriculum, she is of the opinion that it will positively transform the school environment and culture as well as the learning experiences of children. According to her, the curriculum will provide more flexibility and inclusiveness in terms of teaching and learning activities thereby enabling educators to make learning more conducive.

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