1. What is CAPS?
The acronym stands for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. It is a national policy set out by the Department of Education that states what should be included in the curricula of schools for each grade in South Africa as well as how it is to be tested or assessed.
2. Is it a poor standard?
No. Registered schools in South Africa must adhere to this policy, both private and state schools. The implementation of CAPS meant that textbooks had to come with a detailed teacher’s guide that gave a week-by-week breakdown of what needed to be covered for each subject in each grade. This is great for homeschoolers as it means detailed work schedules, answers and strategies for teaching each subject are included in the textbooks. The difference between private and state schools (aside from the fees) is the approach to teaching, student-teaching ratio, supplementary material created and provided to students and the way that the CAPS curriculum content is tested and examined. At Clonard we maintain high standards in line with private schools in South Africa.
3. Why does Clonard use a CAPS based curriculum in grade R-10?
Using a CAPS based curriculum in these grades means that parents can rest assured that they are meeting all the requirements of the Department of Education and their child can return to mainstream school if necessary. Using a CAPS curriculum does not mean a bad education, rather we believe that it is in your child’s best interest in these grades and our high standards ensure that learners can easily continue on to receive the international Cambridge qualification and ultimately get into university in South Africa or abroad.