Independent school group Curro has announced subject changes for its high school learners in grades 10 to 12.
Curro said that this would include a broader range of subjects options beyond the ‘traditional’ subject options currently available – including information technology, economics, tourism, and French, among others.
The extended offering of 16 subjects in total, ensures that learners are not pigeon-holed into one particular direction or interest area, it said.
Instead, Grade 9 learners who must choose their preferred subjects for Grade 10 onwards are given the freedom to choose what resonates with them to direct them towards a particular career.
“By the end of Grade 9, some learners may already have an idea of where they’d like to go in life. Currently, the subjects on offer may be too generic for those learners,” said Ferdi Niemand, executive head for Curro wider subject choice offering.
“We now provide the option to help steer them towards a career in engineering, robotics, or the languages, for instance, harnessing specific skills early on which only has significant benefits later on in life.”
How it works
Instead of choosing three traditional subjects in addition to the three mandatory subjects – first and first additional language, Maths or Maths Lit – and Life orientation, in Grade 10, learners can replace some or all three additional subjects with other subjects previously not available at their school.
Or, if they so wish, they can extend their seven subjects to choose as many new subjects as they feel capable of doing, choosing up to 16 if so desired, Curro said.
For grades 10 to 12, the following subjects are mandatory:
- English home language;
- First additional language;
- Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy;
- Life Orientation (LO).
Standard subjects typically include accounting, business studies, physical sciences, tourism, life sciences, geography and history.
The new extended subjects offered are :
- Computer Applications Technology (Grade 10 to 12);
- Information Technology (Grades 10 to 12);
- Advanced Mathematics (Grade 10);
- Engineering and Design (Grade 10).
“These additional subjects have been developed in line with the changing world of work that our young people will soon become part of,” said Niemand.
All classes for the extended subjects are available online during normal class times, and an online teacher leads the lesson while tutors provide support for the rest of the week.
Lessons are offered in a seven-day cycle and are worked into learners’ timetables.
School-based assessments will be completed by learners at home or school, while tests and exams must be done at school under strict supervision like all other subjects.
Academic performance will be provided in real-time diagnostics, while learners receive weekly feedback from the online Moodle platform concerning their progress.