The Education (Amendment) Regulations and Private Secondary Schools (Amendment) Regulations were promulgated on 21 November 2015 to provide for the organisation and conduct of the PSAC assessment in 2017, the mode of admission to Grade 7 in 2018 and related transitional arrangements and have come into operation on 1 January 2017 [Government Notices No. 227 and 228 of 2015].
At Grades 1-6, the curriculum comprise of core and non-core learning areas
Core learning areas: English, French, Math, Science, History & Geography and Asian languages/ Arabic /Kreol Morisien
Non-core learning areas: Physical Education, Civic and Values Education, IT Skills, Communication Skills and the Arts including Music, Dance, Painting, and Drama etc. Other areas will be introduced as per felt needs.
The Assessment Framework
Doing away with some of the pressure resulting from the previous regime of high stake assessment and examination underscores the necessity to have alternate forms of assessment, one of which is the School- Based Assessment (SBA).
School-Based Assessment has the potential of not only reducing examination pressure but also helping towards the development of the whole-person. It thus allows for assessment in some desirable learning areas that are not amenable to traditional forms of assessments.
Continuous Assessment will be an important component of assessment throughout the system. It will act as a diagnostic and formative tool for teachers to enable them to cater for differentiated learning needs of pupils.
The Learner Development Profile (LDP), introduced for every child as from pre-primary, will be carried forward to Grade 1 onwards so as to keep track of her learning trajectory over the nine years of basic education. All parents will have access to this LDP to enable them to follow their child’s progress.