Public schools have a tendency of adopting a nation-wide form of curricula. The curricula comprise of many subjects that a student needs to go through before he or she completes a particular class. It is these topics that cumulatively amount to one’s educational experience and whether he or she is fit for the jobs outside there. However important this form of a curriculum is, it has lots of negatives that seem to outweigh its advantages.
- Firstly, due to the high number of subjects one has to study, there is hardly any perfection of the necessary competencies the curriculum offers. One has limited chances of retaining everything they have learnt the entire time at school. What facilitates this problem further is the fact that some students have to work in between school to raise funds for their education. It then becomes hard for them to cope with the situation.
- The overcrowding of subjects in itself is a problem. It focuses mainly on academic areas and makes the incorporation of manual skills into the system hard. It also follows that chances of curriculum development are minimal and if any, are hardly seen. It is for this reason that there has been the various implementation of reforms to try and better the whole education system in different countries.
- Broad curriculum in public schools has proved to be nothing but problematic to teachers too. Students have a hard time trying to focus on class work shortly before they have a break. Staying in class for the most part of the year makes the holidays a haven from minds that have been overworked. When they come back to school after the holidays, their concentration still hard to obtain. Hence, teachers waste plenty of time teaching stuff not fathomed at the end of the day.
- There have been cases of insufficient classrooms in some countries. Worse still, some lack classrooms at all. It, therefore, beats logic that such a public school embraces the system of a broad curriculum. Now not only will the classes be congested, learning resources will seldom support the education-hungry children. Unqualified teachers have also been employed to help in teaching the children in a bid to fill the missing gaps. Eventually, the overall performance of the student is significantly undermined due to a curriculum that proves not resourceful to some extent.
- Given that the government supports the wide curriculum in public schools, the duration of a study, disbursement of aid funds and review of the curriculum all converge to tell us that this form of education is subject to change at any unusual time. Annual reports often reflect this phenomenon and create an impression that academic performance shows no progress subject to the ever-changing calendars.
- It is also notable that the school programs through the entire year eat much into lesson times. Assemblies, AGMs, PTAs among other meetings are the examples. Reading and teaching time is affected when time management in such events become a problem.
Until many of the problems discussed here are addressed, adopting a different curriculum other than the wide curriculum by public schools will be a much important option. Otherwise, the skills one is supposed to have learnt using the comprehensive system will all amount to nothing.