Integrated CAPS Curriculum
EduExcellence Curriculum requirements
When developing our Schools model for mainstream education we identified a few curriculum related requirements that needed to be addressed if it was going to support our philosophy:
- We needed an academic curriculum that would support all our learners – in English and Afrikaans
- We needed a curriculum that would allow our teachers to focus on teaching and not content
What is an "integrated curriculum"?
EduExcellence has ample experience with the Pros and Cons of both the South African National Curriculum (CAPS) and the world class Cambridge Curriculum. As such we have elected to create an “integrated curriculum”, blending the content of the CAPS curriculum with the Cambridge educational approach.
The CAPS related content will allow us to support both English and Afrikaans learners with a curriculum and content that is South African.
While allowing teachers to follow a more brain-based, thinking approach to this curriculum to support the learning styles of our learners.
Our ‘Integrated Curriculum’
South African Curriculum Information
Lay people often misinterpret Curriculum to mean content or textbooks. The South African National Curriculum is called CAPS which means the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement. So CAPS is essentially a policy – that policy dictates the educational outcomes and standards.
Curriculum support material are textbooks, aligned with a curriculum to provide the content or syllabus for that subject.
Initially we attempted to adapt CAPS to fit with our philosophy. This was unsuccessful, primarily for a few reasons:
- It was so content heavy that it did not allow learners the time to get to grips and understand the purpose and applicable value of what they were learning.
- Like many other countries, the curriculum was heavily focused on assessment. Teaching was then focused on helping learners pass and not helping them to think and understand.
- The above two points also meant that our teachers were overworked and stressed. Teaching for content was definitely not fun.
- Finally, CAPS literally graded learners. Learners could only pass or fail a grade, regardless of how that learner performed in individual subjects.
Although the Department of Basic Education has a National Curriculum that is followed in public schools it is actually Universities South Africa’s Matriculation Board that determines:
- Certifying applications for exemption;
- Benchmarking international and regional qualifications from South African Development Community (SADC); and
- Advisory services to schools, parents and higher education institutions regarding minimum admission requirements.
The Matriculation Board provides an important service to students who do not meet the statutory minimum admission requirements to enter degree studies. It gives non-traditional and mature students access to higher education by assessing their current qualifications and helping them improve these to an acceptable university entrance level.
Click here for more information on The Matriculation Board.
As such over a hundred ‘curriculum’ and their qualifications are recognized as a means of entry into tertiary institutions in South Africa.
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