By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
The department of Basic Education is concerting a new curriculum that will encompass the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) come 2023.
According to Seliki Tlhabane, Chief Director of Maths Science and Science in the department of Basic Education, plans of inducting the curriculum are already at an advanced stage.
“As government we are working hard to ensure that these young learners are well versed with 4IR. We are working on a new curriculum that is in sync with the 4IR.
The Minister is going to draft the curriculum for public gazette. From 2021 we are going to pilot this draft curriculum across 200 schools in the country. The full implementation is expected to be implemented in 2023.
Moreover, our plan includes preparation of teachers and subject advisors to ensure that the implementation of the curriculum becomes successful. Moreso, we have developed policies on e-safety and e-learning.
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Henceforth, we need to make sure that the future generations are well equipped with cloud technologies and the 3D printing. It’s important for us to prepare our learners with digital skills that are going to help them to acquire and create their own jobs,” said, Tlhabane.