New tech-focused subjects in schools for the young ones from next year!

New tech-focused subjects in schools for the young ones from next year!

The future is looking extremely digital at this point...

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There seems to be progress being made in the Education Department in South Africa! 

The Department of Basic Education announced that it plans to introduce new school subjects to the curriculum.

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New tech-focused subjects in schools for the young ones from next year!

With the way everything has become and is digital, it is only fitting that they introduce coding and robotics in schools. 

Their 2022/2023 annual performance plan released this week indicated that a full-scale implementation of coding and robotics for Grade R-3 and 7 would be made available in the 2023 academic year.

Some schools have already tried these in the third terms of 2021 as a pilot curriculum for these subjects.

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“The coding and robotics pilot for Grades 4-6 and for Grades 8 is planned for 2022 and will be followed by a Grade 9 pilot in 2023. The full-scale implementation for Grades 4-6 and Grade 8 is planned for 2024, and Grade 9 in 2025,” the department said.

This means that each year, a new grade will get a chance at the tech-focused subjects. 

According to the department, the new subjects form part of a broader push to better prepare South African students for the working world.

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“Future careers require people with digital skills that will equip and enable them to function effectively in a digital era. The continued implementation on the teaching of coding and robotics will equip and expose learners to digital literacy, virtual reality, augmented reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things,” the department shared.

They are aware of how digitised the world has become. Robots, machines, phones, laptops - just screens everywhere!

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