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Mufanechiya and Mufanechiya

Greener Journal of  Educational Research Vol. 3 (7), pp. 332-335, September 2013

 ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 072313744

 

The Implementation of ‘A Level English

 Language and Communication Skills in

 Zimbabwean Secondary Schools:

The Relevance Issue

 

1Tafara Mufanechiya, *2Albert Mufanechiya

 

1Great Zimbabwe University, Teacher Development Department.

2Great Zimbabwe University, Curriculum Studies Department.

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: mufanechiya @ yahoo.com


Abstract:

Implementing the curriculum has been Zimbabwe’s weakest link in the whole curriculum development continuum. This case study sought to understand teachers and students’ perceptions as well as challenges in the implementation of ‘A’ level English Language and Communication skills in Zimbabwean secondary schools. Six (6) ’A’ level offering secondary schools, six (6) teachers who responded to interview questions and thirty (30) students who completed questionnaires were participants in this study. The study found that English Language and Communication skills was on the fringes of effective curriculum implementation because it is not an entry requirement at higher and tertiary institutions. This has contributed to the negative perceptions of the subject by both teachers and students. From the above, one major recommendation the study made was that English Language and Communication skills be made an entry requirement at all higher and tertiary institutions.
 
Keywords: Curriculum implementation, English Language and Communication skills, Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council, Curriculum Development Unit, needs analysis.

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