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Teachers’ Experiences of the Implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) in Three Primary Schools in KwaZulu Natal

Lokesh R. Maharajh, Thandi Nkosi, Mbekelezi C. Mkhize
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 4, No 3 | a120 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v4i3.120 | © 2016 Lokesh R. Maharajh, Thandi Nkosi, Mbekelezi C. Mkhize | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 December 2016 | Published: 01 December 2016

About the author(s)

Lokesh R. Maharajh, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Thandi Nkosi, Senior Education Specialist, Examination and Assesment Section, South Africa
Mbekelezi C. Mkhize, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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This article examined on teachers’ experiences on the implementation of CAPS, using three primary schools in KwaZulu-Natal. This article employed the curriculum theory as an analytical framework. The aim of this article is to examine teacher’s experiences of the implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). The article employed a qualitative research design to gather data. The data gathered through the use of semi-structured face to face interviews with teachers. The findings of the article reveal that there are many dynamics and possibilities relating to curriculum change in South Africa. The findings of the article further reveal that despite the challenges facing CAPS, South Africa’s education system as a whole is plagued by challenges. The challenges are attributed to lack of resources and poorly trained teachers. The article concludes that understanding these dynamics depend, to a large extent, on paying attention to constraints and challenges influencing curriculum change. This article fills the knowledge-gap with reference to teacher’s first-hand knowledge of CAPS and the challenges associated with it. The article thus recommends that appropriate resources should be made available in order to ensure efficient and effective implementation of curriculum implementation. It also recommends that a teacher: learner ratio of 1:30 should be practiced to ensure that teachers give special attention to each learner.


CAPS; Curriculum; Change; Challenges; Resources; KwaZulu-Natal


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