Why The Education Department Wants To Introduce New Subjects

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The subjects that students learn at schools could change in the coming years as the education department reviews the current content being taught. This is geared towards improving the curriculum and better equipping learners for life after school.


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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is planning to review the content being taught in subjects like mathematics, technology and science. The DBE explained that this effort is aimed at improving the curriculum and preparing learners for the workplace.

DBE Spokesperson at the DBE Elijah Mhlanga says that former learners have complained that the curriculum did not provide them with many options when it came to following a career path.

He explained that the DBE needs to be creative by introducing subjects that will interest school children. Ocean and marine engineering, aerospace engineering, coding and robotics and entrepreneurship are some subjects that have been mentioned by the department that could widen the options learners have once they leave school.

Mhlanga said, “We are guided in all of this by the national development plan as well to say, what is it that we need to do to prepare the country for the future.”

Subjects will be available on a generic level in grades seven, eight and nine. Learners will then be able to choose a path to follow once they reach grade ten and are required to choose subjects with a view of the career path they want to follow.

Mhlanga also revealed that training has been taking place around the country preparing teachers for the General Education Certificate (GEC). This project will allow learners to obtain a certificate in grade nine and further their education elsewhere.

Once learners obtain a GEC certificate, they will choose an education path. The three streams that will be available to learners are academic, vocational and an occupational stream.

The academic stream will see learners complete grade 12 at traditional public schools while the vocational stream would see learners obtain a qualification similar to the grade 12 certificate, but focusing more on vocational courses and subjects. The makeup of the occupational stream will be elaborated upon once the DBE launches the GEC certificate.

 

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