Cur­ric­ula in chang­ing world

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - KWANDOKUHLE NJOLI

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.

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