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Content of Literacy Programmes in South Africa: A Case Study

Susan S Thembekwayo.

Prior to 1994 focus in South Africa Education was mainly on the content based-education where the emphasis was on memorising the contents
and emphasizing of product learning.

After 1994 a paradigm shift took place where Curriculum 2005 was introduced which changed the face of South Africa education from a content-based to outcome-based education. Competency-based education became the major focus.

The question addressed is whether the focus on outcome-based education
has not rendered the content of different literacy learning materials for basic literacy training inappropriate.

Two predominantly Afrikaans communities of Onverwacht and Damonsville were used to
determine their information needs to address the contents of their literacy programmes.

The South African constitution (Act 108 of 1996; Section 29 (1)states : "Everyone has
the right to a basic education, including basic education and to further education, which the
state, through reasonable measures must make
progressively available and accessible (Nnaicker, 1999).


Susan S Thembekwayo  (South Africa)
Department of Afrikaans University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria

Date of birth:1955 March 04 in De wildt.
Completed matric in Garankuwa high school.
I am a non-mother tongue speaker of Afrikaans and English.
Qualifications are BA Degree, Honours Degree in Afrikaans
(Distinction pass)Master`s Degree in Afrikaans
(Distinction pass). I am busy with my PhD in Adult
Literacy. I am a lecturer of Afrkaans for mother tongue
speakers of Afrikaans and the Head of hostel-Madelief.
I am married to AB Thembekwayo.

  • Content-based Education
  • Competency-based Education
  • Information needs
  • Literacy
  • Paradigm shift
  • Curriculm 2005
  • ABET

(30 min Conference Paper, English)