Newspaper clipping - iol online – 5 June 2009
Back to basics for SA schools
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Friday vowed to cut the “frills” out of outcomes based education (OBE) and get back to teaching the basics in public schools.
Motshekga was responding to concerns raised by MPs about the public school curriculum.
In his address on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma named education as one of his new government’s key priorities, and promised a “revival” of the system.
On Friday, Motshekga suggested a more pragmatic approach to OBE is on the way.
Motshekga said she had met many school principals and education officials, and “all of them, without fail, were raising issues about the curriculum.”
A committee had been set up, and “come 2010 we”ll be working on a streamlined curriculum that will make sure that we have clear outcomes without any frills”, she said.
Further she had issued instructions that school pupils, on completing grades three, six and nine, be tested “to assess outcomes on an ongoing basis”. Motshekga said these initiatives had one goal: to improve the quality of learning. - Sapa