Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation (COE) is a department in MoBE responsible for interpreting and operationalising policies; developing educational programmes and support materials for pre-primary, primary, junior secondary and senior secondary education including out-of-school education and training.
To be a reputable provider of quality general education curricula
To design, develop and evaluate national curricula and provide support services for all learners across general education levels including out-of-school education and training
Botswana education system is going through a comprehensive educational reform as consideration for and in response to national pronouncements, national aspirations; “prosperity for all” and international protocols. This reform will be achieved by executing the statements of a blueprint called General Education Curriculum and Assessment Framework
The blueprint was informed by the Revised National Policy on Education (1994), National Development Plan (NDP 10), Vision 2015, Vision 2036, Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS), among others. Central to its implementation was the introduction of education and training sector strategic planning (ETSSP 2015-2020) which was designed to extensively reform education from pre-primary to tertiary level, so as to transform Botswana from a resource to a knowledge-based society leveraging on skills based education . The two most outstanding features of the blueprint are Outcome Based Education (OBE) and Multiple Pathways.
It is a methodology premised on competency rather than mere knowledge. It leverages on the belief that all learners can learn but at different rates. Learners have varied gifts and talents and therefore need to be given opportunity to study as per their aptitudes. In this dispensation learners are allowed to construct their own knowledge while the teacher facilitates rather than prescribe.
Based on the understanding that learners are differently gifted, the multiple pathways approach allows learners to choose subjects guided by the career pathways they intend to pursue. It allows learners to focus their energy in what they value rather than pursue subjects for certification requirements. The subject choices guided by the learners’ career pathways address a national mismatch between the market and graduates .
Some of the new subjects that are vocationally oriented and conforming to the pathways approach, are Tourism and Hospitality studies offered at Maun senior secondary school and Agriculture: Horticulture, Field crop Production and Animal production offered at Moeng senior secondary School, using a phase-in approach.