The DBE, in collaboration with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), commissioned an implementation evaluation of the current South African curriculum, which is encapsulated in the National Curriculum Statement Grade R to 12 and the Curriculum and Policy Assessment Statements (CAPS), which has been rolled out since 2011. This evaluation was completed by an independent service provider and has recently been made available on both DBE and DPME websites. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine how well the new curriculum has been implemented and how to strengthen its implementation. The Department requested the evaluators to consider whether teachers are properly equipped to implement CAPS, whether the systems supporting the implementation of CAPS are working and to identify other areas of implementation that the Department will need to strengthen.
The evaluation used various research methods, including a review of policy documents and research literature, interviews with teachers, principals and government officials as well as a set of case studies in 24 schools in four provinces: the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
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