Newspaper clipping – iol online  - 8 July 2010

Teachers have key role in reform – Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday urged teachers to provide input on the revised curriculum.
“We will really appreciate your input in the revised curriculum because you know where the problems are, “ she said during a workshop for maths and science teachers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Motshekga this week announced major changes to the highly criticized outcomes based education (OBE) system introduced in 1998.

Among the changes was that pupils would now have the option of learning in their mother tongue for the first three years of schooling. Other changes included a reduction in the number of projects for pupils, with every subject in each grade consisting of its own curriculum, mapping our what teachers had to teach and assess.

The changes have been welcomed by teacher unions.

Motshekga wanted the process of canvassing inputs completed as soon as possible. - Sapa