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Monday, October 26, 2009

OBE in South Africa to be dumped

Outcomes Based Education in South Africa is set for a huge change in South Africa. A South African Education report revealed many difficulties with the revised curriculum of OBE in South Africa.

Now we all know that when things are written in newspapers we should take the information they present with a bag of salt. Well, it seems that this time the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, really is fed up with the OBE curriculum as it currently stands in South Africa. I spoke to someone from the department over the weekend, and this person confirmed that the minister is going to get rid of this revised curriculum and it would probably take at least 18 months.

Well, this is good news since the demands on teachers are way too high and the curriculum drives children to the edge. My wife is a teacher in grade 1 (she is also head of department), and she works most nights till around midnight, and many times till 1-2 am.

Let's hope the new curriculum will have more sense to it, and that teachers are guided by it much more.

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