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Curriculum transformation can help change society: Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande

Published Aug 15, 2011

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Curriculum transformation can help change society and address inequalities, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said yesterday.

“In our curricula lie the very identity of our society,” he said in an address for delivery at a lekgotla on curriculum transformation at the University of SA.

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“If we therefore want to change society, address inequalities and develop ourselves into a just and healthy society, we need to change the very content of the vehicle through which we teach and develop our young people.”

However, such change had to be informed by what society sought to achieve.

Students faced a myriad of problems after school, including unemployment. At the same time the country faced skills shortages and technological changes.

“In addressing technological change and skills shortages we need to come up with innovative ways to transform curriculum content so that the very graduate outputs produced by post-school education institutions can be absorbed into our skills-starved labour market,” he said.

He called on those attending the lekgotla to examine how tertiary education institutions, and their curricula, were used as vehicles of transformation and social change.

“You must indeed consider the influence of education as a primary means of socialisation, especially in a society where other more traditional socialisation institutions, such as family and religion, seems to be in decline.” - Sapa

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