The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) is a corporate autonomous statutory body/agency under the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoE&S) responsible for the development of educational curricula for primary, secondary and some tertiary institutions in Uganda.
Its functions include, inter alia, initiating processes for curricula research, review and/or reform, updating, testing and coordinating the implementation of educational curricula at all levels of learning (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary) as well as promulgation of guidance for the implementation of improved educational curricula and pedagogy.
Functions of NCDC
As provided for in the Statute, the functions of the Centre are:
- to investigate and evaluate the need for syllabus revision and curriculum reform at primary, secondary, tertiary levels of education, in pre-school and post-school education and in teacher education.
- to initiate new syllabi, revise existing ones, carry out curriculum reform, research testing and evaluation to bring up-to-date and improve syllabi for school and college courses.
- to provide consultancy services to institutions on matters relating to curriculum.
- to draft teaching schemes, textbooks, teacher’s manuals, syllabi and design specimen examination papers based on specification tables and marking guides.
- to design and develop teaching aids and instructional materials to promote effective teaching and learning.
- to devise, test and evaluate examination questions and methods of examining students with other appropriate teaching and examining bodies.
- to organise and conduct in-service courses in collaboration with relevant institutions for persons intending or required to teach new courses developed at the Centre for acquisition of relevant competencies.
- to organise and conduct courses in curriculum development for persons required to participate in curriculum development work.
- to hold seminars and conferences on curriculum development projects and problems.
- to collect, compile, analyse and abstract statistical information on curriculum and matters related thereto.
- to publish and market syllabi, teacher’s manuals, textbooks, bulletins, digests, periodicals or other written materials concerning curriculum and other matters related thereto.
- to disseminate and promote general and other better knowledge and understanding of new curricula, teaching methods and teaching aids.