Teach­ing, cur­ricu­lum need re­think – ex­perts

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - NOSIPHO MN­GOMA

EX­PERTS say the pro­posal to re­move maths as a com­pul­sory pass re­quire­ment and to re­duce the pass mark of a home lan­guage to 40% won’t fix ed­u­ca­tion’s prob­lems, sug­gest­ing teach­ing meth­ods and the cur­ricu­lum should be re­viewed in­stead.

Basil Manuel, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Teach­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion of South Africa (Nap­tosa), said they raised se­ri­ous con­cerns at the “knee jerk” re­ac­tion.

“Re­gard­ing Grade 9 par­tic­u­larly, 85% of whom fail maths. There are thou­sands of teach­ers teach­ing Grade 9 who set dif­fer­ent tests – you can’t just ad­just the pass mark. It can­not be the only prob­lem, they have to mine a lit­tle deeper to see why so many pupils fail.”

He was com­ment­ing on the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion’s pro­pos­als for new pro­mo­tion re­quire­ments – that pupils pass four sub­jects at 40%, one of which is a home lan­guage; pass any other four sub­jects at 30%; and for maths to be re­moved as a com­pul­sory pro­mo­tion re­quire­ment. This would align the pro­mo­tion re­quire­ments across the foun­da­tion, in­ter­me­di­ate and se­nior phases with the fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing band.

Nap­tosa be­lieves the cur­ricu­lum may be too broad, or the way the sub­jects are taught is prob­lem­atic.

Pro­fes­sor Labby Ram­rathan of the Uni­ver­sity of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Ed­u­ca­tion said while the pro­posed changes may be con­sid­ered in the best in­ter­est of pupils who had dif­fi­culty with th­ese sub­jects, it was not good for the qual­ity and cred­i­bil­ity of the sys­tem.

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