No Going Back On Continuous Assessment CALA – Zim Govt
Government says there is no going back on the Continuous Assessment Learning Activity (CALA) in schools despite criticism by education stakeholders, students and parents.
Students, parents, teachers and other key stakeholders in the education sector have been calling for suspension of the programme this year citing COVID-19 disruptions to the school calendar and that pupils had little learning time to tackle continuous assessment.
However, Primary and Secondary Education deputy minister Edgar Moyo told NewsDay yesterday that there was no going back on the CALA programme.
"CALA is a very important assessment tool, competence-based curriculum. The government cannot ignore the skills that learners will acquire even with the limited time before examinations. This will assist learners to gain confidence that if they go to the examinations they will be having something," said Moyo.
"We cannot listen to those who say postpone this, extend that. If we listened to them, we would have stopped opening schools when the rest of the world is opening up. The most vocal are non-progressive, but the progressive ones are quiet. They must reduce their appetite of postponing this and postponing that."
Moyo also said students should learn to adapt and observed COVID-19 protocols as preventive measures, and added that other activities under CALA were scaled down in recognition of little time left.