Union Calling For One Curriculum And Scrapping Of Private Schools

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With the return to the classroom on the cards for many South African learners, a union is calling for one curriculum.


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With the return to the classroom on the cards for many South African learners, a union is calling for one curriculum.

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is calling on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to revamp and develop a new curriculum.

Cosas wants the DBE to develop a curriculum to equip students to become producers rather than just buyers and workers. The congress believes the new curriculum should also prepare learners for the current and future economic climate.

Cosas secretary-general, Tebogo Magafane explained, “the problem currently that we're having as the organisation is that the current system doesn't teach you to be a producer it teaches us to be buyers so we need the system that will develop entrepreneurs not only buyers”.

He says the DBE must develop a system that will encourage South Africans to develop products that can be sold to export markets.

Part of Cosas' call involves the scrapping of private schools. This, as Magafane believes private schools contribute to the inequality of education in South Africa.

He said, “we have only one Minister of Education in South Africa, we don't have a minister of private schools and inequality is a problem in South Africa. So hence we've taken a decision that we need all private schools to be scrapped.

“We need to have one curriculum in South Africa. Hence we're saying that private schools must be scrapped and it is not a new call, we have been calling for it since the underpinning of our organisation” concluded Magafane.

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