Are Schools Adapting To The Future Of Education?

After the release of the 2020 matric results, Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer stated that the pace of change in the Education system is very slow.

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On Monday, the Basic Education Department released the 2020 NSC results. Nationally, the 2020 Matric Class obtained a pass rate of 76.2% compared with 81.3% in 2019 and 78.2% in 2018.

The matric pass rate in the Western Cape is 79.9%, which is a slight decrease from the 82.3% pass rate achieved in 2019.

In the past, the South African education system focused mainly on the academic pathway, however, not all young people want to study at a university and many unfortunately cannot afford to study at a university.

MEC Debbie Schäfer announced that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) supports the adoption of a three-stream model, which consists of the academic pathway, the technical pathway, and the vocational pathway.

The three-stream model strives to implement curriculum offerings that meet the diverse needs of the youth in South Africa.

It focuses on skills training that is suited for a changing world, with the introduction of more schools of skills and new subjects in mainstream schools such as coding and robotics.

The main focus has always been on STEM subjects (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

However, Schäfer stated that the WCED is shifting its focus to STEAMAC, which includes the arts, agriculture, coding, and computational skills.

While the WCED has the vision, the implementation of the plan is taking place at a very slow pace.

The MEC believes this is due to a combination of factors including education funding constraints, curriculum challenges, and a lack of qualified teachers.

South Africa also needs more technical schools and schools with a variety of occupational subjects, such as digital technology, agricultural studies, consumer studies, electronics, and hospitality.

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