General Paper is a multi-disciplinary subject which draws its content from all the subjects across the curriculum. Therefore, the syllabus is vast and has no itemized resource list of its own. The subject helps the learner to explore and appraise social, cultural, economic, philosophical, scientific and technological issues.
The syllabus also enables learners to develop the ability to make cross curricular links’ to develop a maturity of thought appropriate to students at this level; and to achieve an understanding and usage of the English language which enables the students to express arguments, ideas and opinions in a reflective and academic manner.
The key objective is that the learners will be able to convey information or opinions in a way that is thoughtful, perceptive and immediately intelligible to the reader.
Aims of Teaching General Paper
The broad aims of teaching General Paper are to enable the learners to;
- attain maturity of thought appropriate to their level of mental development.
- Further develop their understanding and use of English so as to be able to express arguments, ideas and opinions in a reflective and academic manner.
- To read extensively in order to enrich their general knowledge.
- Apply skills acquired for extensive learning.
- To develop thinking and reasoning skills and maturity of thought.
- Be independent and critical readers.
Objectives of Teaching General Paper
The objectives of teaching General Paper are to enable the students to;
- Communicate information, ideas and opinions in a clear, concise logical and appropriate manner.
- Present views and ideas with reasoned consideration.
- Have a broad understanding of the world and current issues like climate change, voter education animal welfare, the economy, international terrorism, infectious diseases, politics, scientific discoveries, religion, history, conflicts between nationals and others.
- Capture the reader’s attention by injecting creative thoughts.
- Evaluate and discriminate evidence, ideas and opinions in order to formulate a supportive conclusion.
- Apply knowledge and understanding through analysis of specific task. This can be done by drawing inferences, providing explanations, constructing and developing arguments, understanding the implications of a suggested course of action or conclusion.