Curricula in changing world
AS SOCIETY becomes more digitised, experts have called on institutions to equip students with skills which they can use in a changing world.
This means that the subjects offered at schools and universities should be re-examined to ensure that South Africa remains in step with the rest of the world. Professor and Dean of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, Rusksana Osman, said students should be equipped with approaches to learning that involved agility, adaptability and curiosity.
“The emphasis on interaction is key to understanding the fourth industrial revolution. And this epoch will, like all times of change, require universities to push boundaries of teaching and learning,” she said.
Head of the Faculty of Commerce at the Independent Institute of Education, Fathima Razack, said to remain relevant, universities should prepare students for technological advancements.
“Universities have to ensure that their curriculum includes modules that ensure that students are ready for industry,” she said.
A school pioneering the way in ensuring pupils are prepared for the fourth industrial revolution, is the new Curro Foreshore in the city, where subjects like robotics, coding, maths and science are on offer.
Ross Hill, executive head at the school, said their curriculum was the culmination of years of research and development at Curro.
“The idea behind this technology-driven and flexible approach comes from asking what skills learners will need for the 2030 workplace, and then working backwards to provide schooling that aims to teach those skills. We are building on international best practice and introducing education approaches that are innovative within the South African context, while retaining some traditional teaching practices,” he said.
Hill said that Curro would not ditch traditional schooling but rather take the next logical step in its evolution to benefit pupils in a digital era.