Challenges of Curriculum Implementation in Junior Secondary Schools

(A Case Study of Four Selected Junior Secondary Schools in Kpanga Chiefdom, Pujehun District)

Authors

  • Ibrahim Yahaya Fofana Deputy Director of Education, Kambia, Northern Region, Sierra Leone
  • Stella Baindu Fortune Lecturer, Education Department, Eastern Polytechnic-Kenema, Eastern Region, Sierra Leone

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10853

Abstract

Since the inception of Western Education in Sierra Leone, frantic efforts    have been made to formulate policies in order to improve the quality of education. It has been acknowledged by various educationists that curriculum implementation is instrumental in improving the quality of education in any society. Therefore, it is seen as an approach which improves students’ academic achievements, equipping graduates with sufficient knowledge and skills for them to survive academically and socially in this modern world.

On that note, the development of school curriculum is very significant in the life of a nation. The National School Curriculum as a program of learning is supposed to be a highly sensitive document as it contains the aspiration of the nation, preparing its citizens to face future challenges. It is supposed to be a document of hope.

Notwithstanding the wide recognition and acceptance accorded the roles of curriculum as a career of national philosophy in Sierra Leonean Educational system, there seems to be challenges in the implementation of this important blue print. This could not be disassociated with inadequate trained and qualified teachers in the field/classroom; community/volunteer teachers unpaid; ill-trained and sometimes confused graduates and inadequate Teaching Learning Materials; lack of guidelines for the implementation of curriculum and the complexity of managing the curriculum coupled with inadequate training regarding curriculum implementation. Capacitation of teachers is essential in the successful implementation of any curriculum as they are the main role-players in promoting quality education. This and other related problems should be a cause for concern.

By and large, the researcher is optimistic that although people are different and despite the negativity and inadequacies surrounding the curriculum, there is hope that with time and effort and given the total commitment of all stakeholders to implement the curriculum, success can be attained. Especially with the President’s (Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio’s) New Direction Agenda on education in Sierra Leone. Therefore, it can be concluded that the aim of the study and primary research questions which were explored, namely the Challenges towards Curriculum Implementation in Four Selected Junior Secondary Schools in Kpanga Chiefdom, Pujehun District, were adequately addressed and answered.               

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Published

2020-11-28

How to Cite

Fofana, I. Y. ., & Fortune, S. B. . (2020). Challenges of Curriculum Implementation in Junior Secondary Schools: (A Case Study of Four Selected Junior Secondary Schools in Kpanga Chiefdom, Pujehun District). SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(11), 183-215. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10853