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Title:Curriculum decision-making decentralization policy in Zimbabwe: how involved are the students in deciding curriculum content?
Authors:Shumba, J.
Maphosa, C.
Shumba, A.
Periodical:Africa Education Review
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
secondary education
children's rights
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146620802144792
Abstract:The study examines the current Zimbabwean school system in order to establish the extent to which it is conducive to students making decisions about the selection of subjects they learn at school and to examine the nature of children's rights and the extent to which these rights are practised in schools and in the prevailing socioeconomic and political milieu. A stratified random sample of 100 pupils, 24 teachers and five school heads was used in the study. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected using a questionnaire, an interview schedule and by observing both pupils and teachers. The study found that teachers and pupils seemed to be aware of pupils' rights to participate in deciding the subjects they studied. However in practice the majority of the students indicated they had no say in choice of subjects, a fact that was corroborated by most of the teachers and all of the school heads. Most teachers and school heads felt it was more of their duty to decide for pupils because of their immaturity. The authors recommend, amongst others, that determining the content of the school curriculum should involve school heads, teachers and pupils instead of choices being made and the content dictated to pupils. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]