Help strengthen curriculum, Education Dept tells public

2009-06-29 00:00

THE national Education Department has called for public comment to help it strengthen the implementation of the National Curriculum Statement for grades 4 to 12.

In a recent statement, the department called for all teachers, non-governmental organisations, higher education experts, parents and members of the public to participate in a public comment process to “refine and strengthen the implementation of the curriculum”.

The process, it said, is intended to obtain first-hand information on the pressure points and to find solutions that will improve the efficiency of curriculum delivery in the classroom.

Last week, Beeld reported that roughly eight in 10 pupils in grades 3 and 6 are achieving less than 50% for maths and language skills.

This was based on a report on the performance of pupils in the national examinations at the end of last year.

Nationally, matric passes dipped from 65% in 2007 to 62,5% last year. In KwaZulu-Natal , there has been a steady decline since 2003.

Since taking over as the Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga has been quoted in newspapers as saying she is unhappy with the current implementation of outcomes-based education, saying the basics are being ignored and that a review is needed to strengthen the system.

Comments should be sent in writing and should specify whether the comments refer to the intermediate, senior or FET phase.

Respondents will also be required to indicate whether they are a parent, pupil, teacher or researcher. The closing date for all submissions is July 24.

Comments can be hand-delivered or posted to N. Tom, Department of Basic Education, Sol Plaatjies House, 123 Schoeman Street, Pretoria 0001; or e-mailed to NCS.comments@doe.gov.za, or completed on an electronic form at www.thutong.doe.gov.za

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