By:- Shemsedin Mohammed Public & International Relation Directorate

On April 18, 2015, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (CEBS) of Haramaya University (HU) has conducted a one day national curriculum review workshop in Haramaya University`s Resource Center. Guests from Universities, Ministry of Education (MoE), and representatives of Regional Education Bureaus, Adult Education Department Experts, and higher officials of HU, College Representatives, Academic Directors, Graduate Students and others attended the workshop

Professor Chemeda Fininsa, VP for academic affairs, made an opening speech and said, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is progressing rapidly by registering achievements in diversifying programs at horizontal and vertical levels, offering special programs like Higher Diploma Program (HDP), Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching (PGDT), Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership (PGDSL), Induction Training in Teaching, and the like. Offering quality Postgraduate Program at MA/MSc and PhD levels in different fields of study, including Education and Behavioral Sciences, is among priority agenda of higher education in Ethiopia and that of Haramaya University as human resource capacity building, the Professor said.Professor Chemeda added that academic programs should be relevant to our economic, social and labor market needs. Ensuring and maintaining quality at different levels has a key challenge for Ethiopian education system. So, qualified human resource in education at a higher level would contribute by addressing some of the challenges related to quality, the Professor explained.

According to Dr. Getnet Demissie, Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College presented 2 draft curricula for discussion in Postgraduate Program, one in Adult Education and Community Development towards MA degree, and PhD in Education in four streams: Curriculum Studies, Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, and Inclusive Education. The curricula, as confirmed by the critical reviewers and participants, are need-based and essential for the realization of the country’s development and transformation agenda.

After the internal reviewers’ presentations, various reflections and discussions were made by participants of the national curriculum review workshop. The draft curricula are expected to be presented to HU’s Board and MoE, and if approved, it will be implemented soon.