The presentation was made by Prof Mteta and Dr Doreen Mloka about delivery of common competency-based curricula where an overview of aim, outputs and outcomes were presented.
She informed members about the existing problems to be addressed, that the problems were partly caused by the variability in the quality of health profession graduates as a result of increasing number of health profession schools in Tanzania. This in turn led to:
• Variability in curricula • Lack of educational skills among some faculty to implement curricula • Lack of approved list of mandatory common core competencies (Must Know versus Need to Know) • Unstructured Internships placements • No health profession exit exam to validate competencies. Specific outputs which include: • Developing competence based curriculum for nursing and Medical students • Provide an e- learning management platform • Train faculty to ensure e-learning is fully integrated • Identify champions- people who will spearhead the curriculum development
• Common core competencies
• Expand number of faculty demonstrating interactive teaching skills
The main activity is to develop a common CBE curriculum to come up with at least 8-10 competency domains. During this year an urgent activity is to conduct curriculum gap analysis and identification of core common competencies. This will go hand in hand with development of learning management platform where short courses will be delivered for blended learning and online courses to will help support teaching staff to deliver the curriculum.
The presenters highlighted a 5-year plan of work to start with review of the curriculum which has a deadline on 15th June 2019.
Tools to work for curriculum review were developed and sent to consortium members. And members were urged to fill in gap analysis tools and other tools to enhance progress.