Reform of English Teaching Curriculum for Secondary School Completed With the U.S. Embassy Support
ANTANANARIVO, MAY 12 – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Anderson and Minister of Education Paul Rabary spoke today at the closing ceremony for a symposium on revising the National Curriculum for the Teaching of English Language for the 10th, 11th, and 12thgrades in Madagascar. In his speech at the CRINFP Benasandratra Antananarivo, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Anderson that “the American Embassy in Madagascar is committed to improving the level of English for as many people in Madagascar as possible” and added that “promoting English is good for Madagascar and good for the United States.” CDA Anderson explained that learning English will give access to more business for Malagasies, will open the door to thousands of public and private universities in the United States to Malagasy students, will facilitate access to information and will make “mutual understanding between our people a much more attainable goal.”
This English teaching curriculum revision is part of the plan for education sector reform implemented by the Ministry of Education. The revision is overdue, as the current English teaching curriculum is more than 20 years old. The U.S. Embassy has supported this process by sponsoring two English Language Fellows over the last three years. Students from various Universities, from the teachers’ college ENS, educators from public and private schools and English language institutions, and Peace Corps volunteers have also participated in the project. About 50 English teachers from the 22 regions received a draft of the new curriculum. They gathered in Antananarivo for four days to fine-tune and to finalize it. The Ministry of Education plans to implement the new curriculum in secondary schools nationwide starting in the upcoming school year.
The renovation of the English curriculum started in 2015 with a request for U.S. Embassy support from the Ministry of Education. Since the beginning, local teachers have been involved. The final version adopted at this 4-day meeting in Benasandratra reflects suggestions from American experts, more than 150 Malagasy teachers, and other stakeholders. A teacher’s guide has been created to facilitate the implementation of this new student-centered curriculum.