Just In: 13 Additional Subjects To Be Taught In Schools In South Africa
Secondary school curriculum in south Africa should be ready for a grand shake-up, after minister for education, Angie Motshekga proposed the introduction of 13 new subjects to enhance ‘life skills’ among pupils.
Angie Motshekga has been given the thumbs-up, after she submitted her latest policy document for public comments. The Basic Education Minister has confirmed that her department is looking to introduce 13 new school subjects to the curriculum in the near future – teaching children about various ‘practical’ elements.
It’s proposed that this wealth of fresh topics could radically alter the way pupils learn, giving them more ‘life skills’ in the process. These new subjects come in a baker’s dozen, and include everything from creative pursuits to digital studies. These subjects will be introduced as optionals for Grade 8 and Grade 9 students.
- Agricultural Studies: will cover General farming duties and sessions on topography.
- Ancillary Health Care: will cover Lessons on healthy lifestyles and caring for friends and relatives.
- Art and Design: Problem-solving tasks with a creative twist will soon be introduced to the curriculum.
- Civil Technology: ‘Common sense; training will teach youths about first aid skills and how to take accurate measurements.
- Consumer Studies: Covers responsible buying, evaluating businesses, and the wonders of ‘supply and demand’.
- Digital Technology: From spreadsheets to coding, this topic will give pupils their ‘office survival skills’.
- Early Childhood Development: Young adults will be exposed to how learning techniques work for toddlers.
- Electrical Technology: This subject delves into wiring techniques.
- Hairdressing and Beauty: Pupils will be taught customer service and basic salon techniques
- Hospitality Studies: Grade 8 and 9 students will get the chance to analyze the workings of the service industry.
- Maintenance and Upholstery: This subject will help craft the next generation of handy men and women.
- Mechanical Technology: Kids will study the proper use of heavy machinery and subsequent safety protocols.
- Wholesale and Retail: Learners will be taught about income statements, the dispatch of stock, and business targets.