Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS)
What is a National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement?
A National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement is a single, comprehensive, and concise policy document, which replaced the Subject and Learning Area Statements, Learning Programme Guidelines and Subject Assessment Guidelines for all the subjects listed in the National Curriculum Statement Grades R – 12.
The outcomes-based education (OBE) was introduced in 1997. This was reviewed in 2000 and ongoing implementation challenges led to another review in 2009. From 2012, the Revised National Curriculum Statement Grades R – 9 and the National Curriculum Statement Grades 10 – 12 were combined into a single document known as the National Curriculum Statement Grades R – 12. This represents a policy statement for learning and teaching in South African Schools and comprises, amongst others, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).
CAPS has been introduced to strengthen the National Curriculum Statement in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. 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 teachers need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis.
The changes include a change in terminology in that Learning Outcomes and Assessment Standards have been replaced with Content and Skills. In the Foundation Phase,Numeracy will now be called Mathematics and Literacy is now referred to as Language.
In the Senior Phase, school-based assessment counts for 40% and the end-of-year examination counts for 60%. In the FET Phase, content has been reorganized for several of the subjects and the exam structure has changed in some of the subjects.
During the school holidays thousands of educators attended training on the Curriculum and Policy Statements (CAPS). Our educators attended the training sessions at the Southview High School during the first and second term school holidays.