Education Research Seminar

Posted on Thursday, 13 September 2018

By Andiswa Mzizi

Category: Latest News

The Eastern Cape Department of Education  (ECDoE) Strategic Planning Policy Research and Secreriate chief directorate held an Education Research Seminar in East London on 11 September 2018.

This event was one of the processes leading to planning for the new term of government. The issues raised in the seminar for attention by the programme managers and senior leadership.

The aim for this event is to listen to the voices of people who have taken time to research the areas of vulnerability, discuss and package information for inclusion in the strategic plan of the department.

Nelisa Kanjana a Director for Strategic planning, policy research and secreriate said that, it is the responsibility of the strategic planning unit to bring these matter to the fore, and to ensure the departmental plan respond to these.

“The department needs a plan that is going to respond to issues affecting our stakeholders and issues raised by stakeholders. There are series of matters of concern often raised by stakeholders out of interactions often made , the findings of the research undertaking also talk to these concerns,” said Kanjana.

In the midst we were joined by old mutual education flagship team, researchers from the University of Fort hare, and Mzantsi Wakho Research Project.

Dr T B Rantsane, Chief Educational Secialist in Business Economics presented on the implementation of curriculum and assessment policy statement by economics teachers and its influence on the teaching methods. He reflected in his presentation the transformation of the curriculum in South Africa, claiming that the system was underpinned by the dawn of democracy in 1997 until recently in 2009 , where the curriculum was re-structured. The NSC curriculum was introduced from grade R –Grade 12 learners.

He emphasised on the struggles the old curriculum had, and the challenges the department was facing due to a low pass rate of the learners.

“We are having a envisioned learner, that learner amongst other learners should be a critical thinker, a problem solver and we cannot have that type of a learner if we are using only the teacher centred method. In order to encourage learners to become problem solvers we must engage them in knowledge creation,” said Rantsane.

In 2013 the old mutual launched a 7 year multi partner national education initiative to invest R350 Million Rands into a set of underperforming schools across the country. The objective of the project was to influence the lives of 250 000 learners at 250 schools located in 7 provinces over the period of this project. The project is now on the sixth year, over the past 5 years R204, 777 was spent on the project. The overall aim of the old mutual project is to increase the number of bachelor passes across the country.    

The findings and recommendations of these research will be processes by the strategic planning team, linked to priorities of the department and objectives, and finally included across all the programmes because these are cross catching principles.

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