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Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement Amended

December 1, 2020

Department of Basic Education

The Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement has been amended.

The basic education department published the amendments in Government Gazette 43934.

The amendments were drawn up in terms of the South African Schools Act.

According to the department, the amendments make provision for minimum outcomes and standards and a national process and procedures for the assessment of learner achievement.

The amendments are applicable to all schools offering the National Curriculum Statement Grades R12, and assessment bodies responsible for the conduct, administration and management of the National Senior Certificate examination.

Amendments are also introduced to the National Policy pertaining to the Programme and Promotion Requirements Grades R – 12.

They were drawn up in terms of the National Education Policy Act.

A new table is inserted into Annexure A and a new table B7: physical, mathematical, computer and life sciences is also inserted into Annexure B.

Regulations pertaining to the National Curriculum Statement Grades R – 12 are also amended to provide for the listing of marine sciences.

A new table B7 on physical, mathematical, computer and life sciences is inserted into Annexure D.

The amendments came into effect on the date of publication.

In Notice 1262, the department called for comment on the draft curriculum and assessment policy statement (CAPS) for thirteen new grade 8 and 9 subjects developed as part of the three stream model to be listed in the National Curriculum Statement Grades R-12.

Comment is invited within 30 calendar days from the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the higher education and training department, in Gazette 43946, published the National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2020.

The main aim of the National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2020 is to “improve the responsiveness of the Post-School Education and Training System to the needs of the economy and to the broader developmental objectives of the country”.

The list is reviewed every two years.