Government, parliamentary and legislative information on Basic Education, and Higher Education and Training.

Technology Subjects for National Curriculum

Department of Basic Education

The department of basic education is amending the National Education Policy Act to add new technology subjects to the national curriculum statement (NCS).

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (37840 / 564 of 18 July 2014) basic education minister Angelina Motshekga, after consultation with the council of education ministers, has approved the addition of the following subjects to the NCS grades R-12:

New Occupational Qualifications Under Consideration

Quality Council for Trades and Occupations

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has called for comments on a number of occupational qualifications.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette of 11 July 2014 (566/37835) the qualifications are:

New Policy for Distance Education

Department of Higher Education and Training

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande has published the new policy on distance education in universities.

According to an accompanying statement by the minister, the Policy for the Provision of Distance Education in South African Universities (in the context of an integrated post-school system) “focuses primarily on university education....since the current infrastructure within the university sector cannot accommodate the needed expansion, distance education would make a significant contribution to the required growth in the sector”.