Dar es Salaam. The head of Research at the Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Institute for Education Development in East Africa (IED, EA), Dr Jacob Ngwaru, has underscored the importance of continuously reviewing Tanzania’s education curriculum at all levels to keep up with the economic transition.
Dr Ngwaru was speaking in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday at the sixth annual research institute workshop themed “Curriculum, Culture and Development in Transitional Societies”.
The workshop, organised by AKU, brought together 100 teachers and education stakeholders to study issues pertaining to curriculum, culture and development in a context that impacts the region.
Dr Ngwaru said education needs to be reviewed as the economy transitions and evolves so as to enable graduates to meet the requirements of the labour market.
“By reviewing the curriculum from time to time, the aspect of what is being taught will go hand in hand with the pace of the growing economy,” he said.
Addressing this year’s theme, Dr Ngwaru said curriculum is important because it helps structure the educational system and put it in tandem with the economy and social life.
“The current European curriculum is unstable. We need to formulate a curriculum that will speak to our economy and make our children successful,” he said.
Furthermore, Dr Ngwaru said research should be used to understand the challenges in society so that schools and universities can design programmes that will answer those challenges to enable the economy to grow.
Present at the workshop, IED, EA head of programme Nicholas Wachira said the institution’s work is embedded in informed inquiry to demonstate effectiveness and proffessional practice in delivery and promotion of education services in East Africa.