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TESSA Secondary Science

This is an exciting project, started in August 2010, which aims to extend TESSA education resources to teachers in secondary schools within 5 countries: Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania.

The project has received initial funding from the Waterloo Foundation to concentrate on the science curricula in the first 2 years of secondary school in the participating countries. 15 study units in the science curriculum (5 modules made up of 3 units) are to be created, incorporating common themes and content present in the countries’ national curriculum.  Five institutions are collaborating with the Open University in this venture. They are the following institutions:

  • College of Education, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Egerton University, Kenya
  • University of Zambia
  • University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

Since 2005 TESSA has been hugely successful in creating and disseminating primary school Open Educational Resources to teachers across 9 African countries. Approximately 300,000 teachers benefited from engagement with TESSA resources in 2010. Through the introduction and growth of the Secondary School Science Project it hoped that this figure will increase and benefit both secondary school teachers and pupils.

For more information on the TESSA Secondary Science Project and to download the  briefing note please see here.

TESSA Secondary Science Materials

There are 15 TESSA Secondary Science units which you can download from this page. They are in the process of being versioned for Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya, and will eventually be converted into web pages. However, we are keen to share our work and we hope that you will be able to use these draft versions.

We have not been able to cover the whole of the lower secondary curriculum, but we have chosen topics that are common to all five countries. The units are grouped into five pedagogical themes, which reflect the skills and attributes of an effective teacher. If the topic that you are teaching is not covered, then we hope that you will be able to adapt one of the units to the context that you require.

Good luck! We hope you enjoy using TESSA Secondary Science units.
Biology Unit 1: Classification and adaptation

Biology Unit 2: Transport
Biology Unit 3: Respiration
Biology Unit 4: Nutrition, conservation and ecology
Biology Unit 5: Cells
Chemistry Unit 1: Elements, compounds and mixtures
Chemistry Unit 1
Chemistry Unit 2: Acids, bases and salts
Chemistry Unit 3: Combustion
Chemistry Unit 4: Atomic structures, chemical families and the periodic table
Chemistry Unit 5: States of matter
Physics Unit 1: Properties of matter
Physics Unit 2: Measurement
Physics Unit 3: Pressure and heat transfer
Physics Unit 4: Forces
Physics Unit 5: Electricity and magnetism