With the careers of the future leaning more and more heavily on computer based skills, it’s about time the South African schooling system adopted some new subjects to better equip learners with the skills they’ll need. The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that it will soon implement coding and robotics as two new school subjects in South Africa, and that plans for the introductions of both are currently being finalised.
The proposed new subjects and the curriculum that will be implemented for both is currently being examined and moderated by the Ustu. Once the plans have been approved, pilot programs will be rolled out for younger grades, while feedback and data on the actual subjects will be gathered to improve and better the programs for future generations.
The pilot programs will be conducted in two groups: Grade R-3 and Grade 7. The Grade R-3 pilot will take place in 200 schools around the country, with Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal having most of the programs. The Grade 7 pilot will be implemented in 1000 schools, with 111 schools in every province, except KZN, testing the program. KZN will have 112 schools.
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