the first three years of schooling as part of the new curriculum, Basic
Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.
of learning and teaching shall be taught as a subject, or as a first additional
language from Grade 1.”
pupils’ home languages in the early grades.
criticised outcomes based education (OBE) system introduced in 1998.
to improve the performance of school pupils.
because they believed it was biased and blamed it for the country’s high failure
and drop-out rates.
said: “We have and will continue to make changes .”
number of projects for pupils with every subject in each grade consisting of its
own concise curriculum, mapping out what teachers must teach and assess.
which support complaints by teachers that they were overloaded with
administrative work. They also complained that curriculum goals were unrealistic
because some pupils lacked resources such as study material and access to the
introduction 12 years ago.
... It can’t be true that we are phasing it out, we want to ensure stability and
Statements in primary schools would only happen next year to allow time for the
orientation and training of teachers: “We will phase in other grades in 2012 so
that we can make the necessary preparations.”
were an important addition to the new curriculum because they would provide
support to 6.5?million pupils from Grades 1 to 6 and to 180?000 teachers in
nearly 20?000 schools.
will go a long way to restoring a reasonable balance in the delivery of the
pupils instead of being overburdened with administrative duties.
Africa Esrah Ramasehla said: “The review process should herald a period of
stability and greater confidence in the curriculum.”