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Schooling in the Future: A South African Scenario

Author: Jennifer Rault-Smith
Organisation: Journal of International Cooperation in Education,
Publish Date: 2008
Country: South Africa
Sector: Education
Method: Scenarios
Type: Journal
Language: English
Tags: Education, Schools, South Africa, Scenarios

The Class of 2020 entered Grade R in South Africa in 2008. They entered a schooling system that, having undergone a major transformation to reflect the political and societal changes in South Africa, is struggling to produce quality education. A key feature that suggests a positive approach to schooling in 2020 is a confidence in the National Curriculum Statement that has as its outcome a set of critical and developmental outcomes designed to produce learners who are critical thinkers, can engage with each other in a team while organizing and managing themselves effectively, can collect and analyse information and see the world as a set of related systems. It will, however, be the effective use of ICT that will restructure teacherlearner interactions and a revolutionary approach to physical infrastructure that will ensure effective use of scarce resources and allow for an individualized approach to learning in a mass education system.
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