Who We Are

The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) is a corporate autonomous statutory institution under the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoE&S) responsible for the development of educational curricula for Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary and 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 (Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary) as well as promulgation of guidance for the implementation of improved educational curricula and pedagogy.

Overall Goal.

To build a firm foundation for a centre of excellence in curriculum and instructional materials development

Our Vision

A centre of excellence in curriculum development
that is internationally recognized.

Our Mission

To develop quality, equitable curricula, and instructional materials to meet societal needs through research, innovation, and stakeholder involvement

Core Values

T – Teamwork
R – Respect
I – Integrity
E – Equity
E – Excellence

Our History

Our strategic areas of focus for the next five years shall be guided by the following key priority areas:

  • Aligning A’ Level Curriculum with Revised O’ Level Curriculum
  • Research, Consultancy and Innovation
  • Revival of the literature Bureau
  • Improving profitability of STEP (Science, Technology and Equipment Production) Department
  • Reviewing the Learning Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Reviewing the Primary Curriculum
  • Stakeholder and Community engagement
  • Supporting the formation of Language Boards with focus on minority ethnic communities
  • Organizational and institutional development
  • Integration of ICT and Remote Learning in teaching and learning methodologies in curriculum
  • Instructional materials development, publishing and information sharing
  • Regulation of Alternative Curricula and quality of instructional materials
  • Strengthening curriculum interpretation and implementation support

a) To investigate and evaluate the need for syllabus revision and curriculum reform at Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary levels of education in Preschool education and in teacher education.

b) To initiate new syllabuses, revise existing ones, carry out curriculum reform, research, testing, and evaluation, and bring up-to-date and improved syllabuses for school and college courses.

c) To draft teaching schemes, textbooks, Teachers’ Manuals, and examination syllabuses in cooperation with teaching institutions and examining bodies.

d) To design and develop teaching aids and instructional materials e. We devise, test, and evaluate examination questions and methods of examining students with other appropriate teaching and examining bodies and disseminate the teaching aids and materials.

f) To organize and conduct in-service courses of instruction for the acquisition of knowledge and professional skill by persons intending or required to teach new courses developed at the Centre.

g) To organize and conduct courses in the objectives and methods of curriculum development work.

h) To hold seminars and conferences on curriculum development projects and problems.

i) To collect, compile, analyze and extract statistical information on curriculum and matters related to curriculum.

j) To publish information, bulletins, digests, periodicals, or other written material concerning curriculum and other matters related to the curriculum;

k) To disseminate and promote general and better knowledge and understanding of new curriculums, teaching methods, and teaching aids.

j(a) To cause to be approved by publishers, curriculum-related materials for use by schools and colleges and to evaluate those materials.

j(b) To vet and approve any international or other curriculum that is not developed by the Centre, to be used by a tertiary institution or school in Uganda, before the registration or licensing by the relevant authority of the tertiary institution or school that intends to use that curriculum.

Downloadable NCDC AMENDED ACT 2021

Downloadable NCDC ACT