Curriculum models must be chosen wisely: professor

Curriculum models must be chosen wisely: professor

Research Professor at Wits University, Volker Wedekind says there is a tendency in South Africa to develop sophisticated education policies often based on international best practices, but without considering the context within which the country's schools function.

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Wedekind's been speaking at teachers' union, Naptosa's Annual General Meeting taking place in Durban.

He says such policies, including the introduction of new languages, leave South African teachers feeling inadequate if they cannot meet the requirements.

"So, instead of working from where people are at and progressively building the blocks that will take us step-by-step forward, we tend to pitch a long-term, high-end approach to our policy. 

"There're a number of examples in relation to the curriculum, for instance where we develop very complex and very sophisticated curriculum models and didn't have the kinds of teachers that would be able to work with the curriculum," he said.

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