South Africa to Add Robotics & Coding to College Curriculum

The Division of Primary Schooling (DBE) introduced that it will likely be including robotics and coding to the South African curriculum.

Based on the annual efficiency plan 2022/2023 which was launched by the division just lately, the full-scale implementation for Grade R to Grade 3, and Grade 7 is deliberate for the educational 12 months 2023. For different grades from 4 to 9, the 2 topics of robotics and coding can be on the pilot from 2022 to 2023, and their full-scale in these grades can be seen between 2024 and 2025.

The division says that educating youngsters in decrease grades robotics and coding will equip them with digital abilities that are required to land them jobs on this period. The themes will expose learners to digital literacy, digital actuality, augmented actuality, machine studying, synthetic intelligence, and the Web of Issues (IoT).

Based on Media24, three topics, that are Kiswahili Entrepreneurship, Robotics, and Coding had been efficiently trialed in 54 colleges for Grade R to 9 in 2021.

“Learners needs to be outfitted with entrepreneurial abilities that encourage job creation responding to schooling abilities switch for the long run. The emphasis can be on enhancing learners’ abilities in Info and Communications Know-how (ICT), Monetary and Scientific Literacy, together with vital pondering problem-solving; creativity; communication; and collaboration,” the annual efficiency plan reads.

“The sector can be focussing on a curriculum response to abilities; the preparation of academics for curriculum digitisation; educating and studying methodology change and the combination of ICT abilities within the Three Stream Mannequin.”

DBE stated that academics are the power of the division and it should attempt to capacitate educators in smooth abilities and curriculum assist in collaboration and inclusivity with schooling companions and stakeholders.

“As Coding and Robotics is a brand new initiative, the main target can be on the upskilling of academics to be educated to show this new topic in collaboration with Greater Schooling Establishments,” DBE stated.

By Zintle Nkohla

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