Q: What is CAPS?/Wat is die KABV?

CAPS stands for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. It is a revision of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS). With the introduction of CAPS, every subject in each grade will have a single, comprehensive and concise policy document that will provide details on what eudcators need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis. This curriculum review has the aim of lessening the administrative load on educators, and ensuring that there is clear guidance and consistency for educators when teaching.

Die nuwe kurrikulum staan bekend taan as die KABV of CAPS, wat doelstellings, sillabus, tydstoedeling en 'n assesseringsprogram sal behels.
Die verandering van die kurrikulum is nie net in naam nie (NKV na CAPS), maar ook in hoe daar te werk gegaan word om onder andere die werkslading van opvoeders te verlig, die aantal vakke te verminder, die dokument meer gebruikersvriendelik te maak en vele meer.

Q: What are the major changes associated with CAPS?/Wat is die grootste veranderinge wat gepaardgaan met CAPS?

CAPS gives more detailed guidance with regard to what educators need to teach and how they should assess. With CAPS each educator in every subject should know what to teach, when to teach it, and how to do assessment. The terms learning outcomes and assessment standards have gone and will be replaced with content and skills. In the foundation phase (Grades R, 1, 2 and 3) Numeracy will now be called Mathematics and Literacy will now be called Language. In Grade 10, content has been reorganised for several of the subjects and the exam structure has changed in some of the subjects.

Met die vakke is daar 'n verandering ten opsigte van die getal vakke wat elke fase het. Die grondslagfase (graad 1 tot 3) hetnie meer drie nie, maar vier vakke. Die intermediêre fase (graad 4 tot 6) het nie meer nege leerareas nie, maar slegs ses vakke. Die senior fase (graad 7 tot 9) se terminologie verander van leerareas en leerprogramme na vakke en die kurrikuluminhoud en assessering word per graad bepaal .

Q: What resources will I need to implement the CAPS?/Watter hulpmiddels word benodig vir die implementering van CAPS?

The fundamental resources required to assist you in teaching in accordance with CAPS are a learner’s book for each of your learners and a teacher’s guide for you as the educator. The CAPS document for your grade and subject also outline any other resources you need to teach the specific content. All of the above can be downloaded to a tablet that the learners will use for all their textbooks. These textbooks that are downloaded on the tablet are in line with the CAPS curriculum.

Die nodige handboeke vir opvoerders sowel as leerders word afgelaai op 'n tablet, wat die leerders tydens klastyd gebruik. Alle boeke word aan die leerders verskaf teen 'n maandelikse lisensiëringsfooi wat ouers betaal. Hierdie boeke op tablet is presies in lyn met die CAPS-kurrikulum.


Curro independent schools' matrics write the IEB (Independent Examinations Board) exam at the end of Grade 12.
Please read the following excerpt from the IEB website:
'IEB stands for the Independent Examinations Board. It is an assessment body that is accredited by Umalusi, the South African statutory body responsible for quality assurance for school and adult assessments. The IEB offers external assessment in accordance with legislation and Umalusi directives for schools registered with it at Grade 9 and Grade 12, at which point successful learners are awarded the National Senior Certificate and for adult learning from ABET Level 1 through to NQF Level 1.

'IEB Assessment Education and Training (Pty) Ltd is accredited by the ETDP SETA to provide training in assessment. It also provides additional assessments that complement teaching and learning in schools at other levels.

'The IEB actively strives to:

  • Set well-constructed, probing assessments that test the learners' understanding of what information applies in a certain circumstance
  • Test learners' understanding of how and why specific knowledge is applied
  • Direct teachers in their teaching to develop clear logical thought in learners with a good understanding of the subject matter
  • Communicate their learning clearly

'The IEB is a recognised player in the South African education landscape, committed to building a robust system for all learners in our country. The significance of its independence now is to provide an alternate voice on curriculum and assessment matters, to contribute positively to debate on educational issues and to provide an approach that ensures that independent schools are accommodated in respect of their needs and desires within the South African education framework, for the greater good of our country. The IEB sees itself as a partner in our country’s education system, supporting that which needs to be supported with whatever we have to contribute.'
Please visit their website for further details. (Click on logo)