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Spotlight on classroom diversity shown in textbooks

- STAFF REPORTER

The interim report released by the Basic Education Ministeria­l Task Team has found that textbooks used in South African schools generally adopt a mildly inclusive approach to diversity.

The Department of Basic Education on Tuesday said Minister Angie Motshekga had received the interim report into the evaluation of learning and teaching materials, particular­ly textbooks that are used in schools.

The Minister establishe­d the task team in February 2016 to ascertain whether the text and illustrati­ons used by authors and publishers in textbooks are inclusive, sensitive and promote the values of unity in diversity, democracy as well as equity, and empower learners for the future.

According to the department, the task team also conducted a content analysis to ascertain the specific discrimina­tion biases, frequency and type of such discrimina­tion, as well as examine the extent to which different forms of discrimina­tion manifest in South African textbooks.

“The content analysis focused on biases which could be associated with race, gender, class, religion, disability, sexual orientatio­n, family status and age. One of the interim findings is that textbooks generally adopt a mildly inclusive approach to diversity. The Minister will receive the final report later this year. - SAnews.gov.za

 ?? Photo: Amy Pieterse ?? Hikers make their way along a farm track at Slaaikraal during last Sunday's Oldenburgi­a Hiking Club outing.
Photo: Amy Pieterse Hikers make their way along a farm track at Slaaikraal during last Sunday's Oldenburgi­a Hiking Club outing.

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