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No Going Back On CALA - Govt

No Going Back On CALA - Govt

The Continuous Assessment Learning Activities (CALA) programme in schools will not be scrapped despite concerns by teachers’ unions that it was being implemented at the wrong time.

Unions have called for the postponement of CALA saying its introduction did not take into consideration the impact of COVID-19 and lack of resources at schools.

However, the permanent secretary in the Primary and Secondary Education ministry, Tumisang Thabela, told VicFallsLive in an interview that resistance against CALA was natural since people are always reluctant to leave their comfort zones.

Thabela was speaking on the sidelines of the Secretary’s Merit Award ceremony at Victoria Falls’ Mosi-oa-Tunya Secondary School. She said:

We take it as normal as some changes attract opposition because one thing about human beings is that they are not comfortable leaving their comfort zones.

She said teachers and learners must understand that the newly introduced curriculum was meant to equip learners with 21st-century skills. Said Thabela:

It is those skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and team building, leadership, technological advancement and enterprise as well as Unhu/Ubuntu (that inform the changes).

How do you teach leadership in an hour examination?

So, all those theoretical things can’t really work for skills and competence for the 21st century and that’s why we said we have to come up with a different way of assessing learners as a means of planning.

So, the new assessment framework for 2021 carries 30 per cent of the final examination mark.

It is thus imperative for schools to implement (CALA) as a policy directive giving a fairer way of determining what a child can do or make in addition to what a child can remember.

Thabela said the CALA curriculum was a holistic assessment model that tracks a child’s potential.

Council-run Mosi-oa-Tunya and Chamabondo Primary School were awarded the Secretary’s Merit Awards that they scooped in 2017 and 2018 after exhibiting all-round excellence in fulfilling the ministry’s mandate of offering a highly competitive and relevant 21st-century child-centred education product.

The two schools were given a $1 300 000 cheque, mobile tables and certificates.

More: VicFallsLive


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13 Comments

Paul Chani 6 months ago

CALAs are laborious to both teachers and learners. Just imagine 5 CALAs where the hack do you find the time to assess.


Griso 6 months ago

Teachers are going to buy cars with this Cala thing...Some are even asking $ from our pupils so that they can get assisted...what a corrupted world ...Some teachers also have personal issues with students , they gonna take advantage . So on my point of view the government have to weigh the problems that likely to come out from these Calas.Some pupils are going to sleep or to date their school teacher inorder to earn higher marks.


👮 6 months ago

This is very true👆

Learner 6 months ago

Yes yes Cala is good and we enjoy doing it. But teachers give us small marks because it's too much for them😥😢😭😭😢😢


Sithole D 6 months ago

I am excited that both sides of the argument are literally saying the same thing using different sentences. CALA is welcome by both authorities and shopfloor personnel. Shopfloor personnel is saying CALA good, lets be empowered first.... pilot studying staff development, resourced, and above all properly incentivised.... the authorities are saying let us just do it because its good we learn and adjust on the job..... vamwe varikuti ngatidzidzei tichitobika matakanana (whole nation experiment).... vamwe vachitiwo ngatinzwisise maiitirwo azvo kumatakanana (pilot study) then implement enmass. At the end mass cheating is cooking...completing to complete


Manikiniki 6 months ago

CALA is a good idea if implemented properly and involves all stakeholders not this Dictatotship style typical of Zanu pf. No wonder why its being rejected. The truth is, all those teachers examining the learners will submit cooked marks in exchange of incetives from learners.


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Ghetto Yut 6 months ago

Why are you always rushing things this new curriculum you rushed things schools dont have enough text books now you are starting this cala when pupils didnt learn much due to covid


Shamhuyarira 6 months ago

U are ryt....since they didn't learn much its useless to write a full paper exam without a backup...hence we now have the CALA

Nomafganistan 6 months ago

No going back ukuthin ayi liyachaphula njani . Where did you cipy that from vele?. I wonder who is letting you copy?


Nomandebele 6 months ago

I wonder what's hard to see tt you idea is absolutely nonsense. We don't need your CALA because you didn't do CALA too.
Revisit your universities.


kuhle 6 months ago

The idea of CALA is the best if u don't know anything keep quiet....it actually enhances the pupils researching skills thereby scoring better narks

Mr ndhlumbi 6 months ago

Why do they want to give us more work yet they paying us less. Plus some of us have not yet recieved the CALA workshops allowances we were supposed to be given long back b4 schools closed in June. Yet we used our own money 2 attend those workshops. Truely speaking this thing was just rashed before it was planned. Revise your manners ministry of education


Mr ndhlumbi 6 months ago

Why do they want to give us more work yet they paying us less. Plus some of us have not yet recieved the CALA workshops allowances we were supposed to be long back b4 schools closed in June. Yet we used our own money 2 attend those workshops. Truely speaking this thing was just rashed before it was planned. Revise your manners ministry of education



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