I agree with Martin Jones of UTT, that local educators should be involved in the primary school curriculum project (Express January 5). However, I do not agree with Mr Jones that this input should be restricted to the recently graduated Bachelor of Education cohort from UTT who might have done courses in curriculum development.
Certainly these grads can be involved in basic development of curriculum units under supervision, but primary school curriculum reform requires much more than curriculum fixing.
Curriculum reform should begin with research to find out what the people value for the development of society, the behaviours, mores and expectations they cherish. The curriculum should be designed to produce the image of an ideal citizen.
We also should explore existing reports to find out where the existing curriculum has failed.
In this respect there would be need for more experienced local curriculum researchers to guide the reform project and to design and supervise a curriculum research project that includes a national needs assessment.
These professionals are not confined to UTT but are distributed among the three local universities. Part of this research has already been done and the results are recorded in the White Paper on Education (1993) and in Edrick Gift's Evaluation of the SEMP curricula (2004).
A reformed curriculum can address some of the deviance and disorder in the present society, but it must be led by experienced local curriculum professionals.