Chemistry is considered as a central science because of its crucial role in responding to the needs of society. We use chemistry to discover new processes, develop new sources of energy, produce new products and materials, provide more food, and ensure better health.
Indeed chemistry makes very positive and useful contributions in our world today.
Why is the subject taught?
Chemistry is embedded in Science taught at primary level, but introduced to learners for the first time as a subject at secondary level. The knowledge of Chemistry is necessary in the understanding of composition, properties and behaviour changes of matter that form the environment. Chemistry is a practical subject where scientific concepts, principles and skills are developed through experimental investigations. It is therefore, learnt best through discovery method.
Chemistry as often referred to as the “central science” because it serves as a necessary foundation for many other scientific disciplines. Regardless of which scientific field you are interested in, every single substance you will discuss or work with is made up of chemicals. Also, many processes important to those fields will be based on an understanding of Chemistry.
Prospects for Graduates in Chemistry
Chemistry has various branches. At Ordinary level, general chemistry is studied, while at Advanced level, Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry are studied.
Most students who take such courses are majoring in Nursing, other health professions, or the Life Sciences, and consider Biochemistry to be the most relevant part of the course of study. However, the understanding of Biochemistry depends upon a sound background in Organic Chemistry, which in turn depends upon a good foundation in General Chemistry.
If you really appreciate the concepts that chemistry delivers, the career fields below will be of atmost interest to you;
5. Health sciences
Why teach the subject?
Fine Art as a subject in the Senior Secondary Curriculum, is designed to further develop students’ aesthetic and artistic potential, and their values and attitudes, thus empowering them to be better prepared for their own future and for contributing to the development of the country.
This subject uses a practical approach, with emphasis on learning through doing. It allows learners to improve their performance skills, by creating their own work through the appreciation of their immediate environment and nature.
Aims of teaching Fine Art at Advanced level
Fine Art is one of the subjects that foster learning about our cultures, customs and lifestyles. Learners will be aware of our nation’s history and heritage; through artworks learners preserve the rich historical cultures and extend them to another century.
Teaching of Fine Art develops skills of manipulating the materials creatively, teamwork, promotes all-round individual development through creativity, imagination, and developing in the learners critical responses to art.
Fine Art for all classes is structured in units with differing levels of complexity. The units are:
1. Drawing or Painting from Nature and Still Life
2. The Study of a Living Person and Imaginative Composition in Colour
3. Craft A Graphic Design
4. Crafts B Design
5. Historical and Art Appreciation
The subject of Computer Studies introduces the learner to the use of computers and other ICTs in their daily work. Students learn about the history of different innovations in the ICT world and how the current systems evolved over the years. The syllabus promotes acquisition of computer skills such as programing, networking, information manipulation in addition to knowledge and attitudes needed for development in the 21st Century. The syllabus enables the learner to use computer systems to create, store, share and analyse information.
The subject lays a foundation for acquisition of knowledge and understanding in computer literacy and use of ICTs for enhanced productivity and development. It creates awareness in regard to the developments and emerging issues in the area of computing, and how they can be used productively in different situations.
The syllabus aims at:
Literature in English is one of the subjects that have been at this level for as far as 1959 when high school education was introduced in the education system in Uganda. The structure of the subject is inherited from the British system where it also happens to be a principal subject in Uganda, Literature in English falls in the category of the Arts subjects.
The subject comprises three genres namely Prose and Poetry, Plays/Drama and the Novel. All the three genres are compulsory for the students who offer this subject.
Literature is an elective subject at the Ordinary level and students who have offered it at this level are at a better advantage at the advanced level than those who have not.
The subject involves oral and written works of artistic merit or skilful use of language. The three genres of prose and poetry; Drama and the Novel are interrelated and complement one another. Liter comprises materials, activities and is a discipline. Prose and Poetry provide the learners with literary skills such as; comprehension, interpretation, analysis and application, which skills are critical in the analysis of Drama, Novels and life skills.
Why Teach the Subject?
We teach literature in line with the broad aims and objectives of secondary education which are to:
Aims of Teaching Literature in English at Advanced Level
The aims of this two-year syllabus is to enable the learner to;
General Paper is a multi-disciplinary subject which draws its content from all the subjects across the curriculum. Therefore, the syllabus is vast and has no itemized resource list of its own. The subject helps the learner to explore and appraise social, cultural, economic, philosophical, scientific and technological issues.
The syllabus also enables learners to develop the ability to make cross curricular links’ to develop a maturity of thought appropriate to students at this level; and to achieve an understanding and usage of the English language which enables the students to express arguments, ideas and opinions in a reflective and academic manner.
The key objective is that the learners will be able to convey information or opinions in a way that is thoughtful, perceptive and immediately intelligible to the reader.
Aims of Teaching General Paper
The broad aims of teaching General Paper are to enable the learners to;
Objectives of Teaching General Paper
The objectives of teaching General Paper are to enable the students to;