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Title:Devolution rhetoric and practice of curriculum policymaking in Ethiopian primary education
Author:Eshete, AkalewoldISNI
Periodical:Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSN 1810-4487)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:primary education
curriculum development
educational policy
Curriculum planning
Education and state
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ejossah/article/view/29869
Abstract:This paper sketches the rhetoric and practice of curricular devolution in Ethiopia since the adoption of a new education policy in the 1990s. By exploring curriculum, management guidelines and other relevant policy documents, the paper shows that within a decentralized federal system of governance primary curriculum provisions still suffer from centralized control. The Ministry of Education dominates curriculum policy decisionmaking in the name of the 'setting and maintaining of standards', 'provisions of assistance' and 'ensuring that the curriculum developed at all levels is free from gender, cultural and political bias'. Capitalizing these discretions, the Ministry goes beyond its jurisdiction in developing the primary education curriculum. The paper recommends that regional states balance the power struggle over primary curriculum decisionmaking, untie themselves to some extent, exercise their policy right and play effectively as genuine stakeholders in the provision of a meaningful and localized curriculum for the only forms of education available to the majority of their constituencies. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]