The Fine Art curriculum at Ordinary Level builds on the Art and Technology Syllabus, a component of Creative Arts and Physical Education (CAPE 3) curriculum in Primary level education. As a subject in the Senior Secondary Curriculum, Fine Art is designed to further develop students’ aesthetic and artistic potential, and their values and attitudes, thus empowering them to be better prepared for their own future and for contributing to the development of the country.
Entrepreneurship Education has continued to gain popularity in many secondary schools throughout the country since its introduction in 2000 with the support of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA).
The Teaching Syllabus for O level (Senior 1 - 4) was introduced as one of the measures to reduce the unemployment problem in the country by transforming the education system from producing job seekers to producing job makers.
The subject of Computer Studies introduces the learner to the use of computers and other ICTs in their daily work. Students learn about the history of different innovations in the ICT world and how the current systems evolved over the years. The syllabus promotes acquisition of computer skills such as programing, networking, information manipulation in addition to knowledge and attitudes needed for development in the 21st Century. The syllabus enables the learner to use computer systems to create, store, share and analyse information.
Commerce is a popular subject taught in almost all schools throughout the country. It is one of the subjects that empower learners with knowledge and skills as a basis for Business Education in future. However, for many decades, Commerce has been taught without a standardised teaching syllabus. Each school has been designing its own syllabus based on the UNEB Examination Syllabus. Consequently, the noble objective of teaching Commerce in schools is obscured by the desire to excel in the Uganda National Examinations Board Examinations.
Chemistry is embedded in Science taught at primary level, but introduced to learners for the first time as a subject at secondary level. The knowledge of Chemistry is necessary in the understanding of composition, properties and behaviour changes of matter that form the environment. Chemistry is a practical subject where scientific concepts, principles and skills are developed through experimental investigations. It is therefore, learnt best through discovery method.
Primary Science forms an introductory to Biology through discussions on environmental issues and major human body systems and their functions. While at secondary education students try out new and interesting practical activities. These promote development of investigative and problem solving skills.
Agriculture is the mainstay for the economic growth and development of many developing countries including Uganda. For instance up to about 80 percent of Uganda population find their livelihood basically from agriculture. There is, therefore, an urgent need to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of the indigenous Ugandan (as agricultural professionals and farmers). These Ugandans need the critical necessary skills and knowledge in agriculture. This is required to facilitate and enhance the crucial role agriculture plays in National development.
Mathematics is an indispensable tool for everyday life, in the development of Science, Technology and Commerce. Mathematical
skills, knowledge, concepts and processes enable the learner to investigate and interpret numerical and spatial relationships, and patterns that exist in the world. The competences determine what is to be learned at each level. The following themes are packaged for the Upper Primary School Mathematics Curriculum: Sets, Numeracy, Interpretation of Graphs and Data, Measurements, Geometry and Algebra.