The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has decided to suspend its plan to standardise the syllabus of high school computer subjects on Delphi, and Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013.
A DBE circular (S15 of 2013) was issued on the evening of Thursday, 12 December 2013 to communicate this latest development.
This reversal comes after the DBE vigorously defended its earlier decision, following an outcry.
“The Department of Basic Education (DBE), after considering management and policy related matters, as well as concerns expressed by several education stakeholders, has decided to withdraw Circular S9 of 2013,” the DBE said.
Circular S9 is the document in which the DBE first announced that the software tools used in Computer Applications Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) would be standardised.
Currently the Java programming language is taught in three of the nine provinces of South Africa (Kwa-Zulu Natal, Northern Cape, Western Cape), while Delphi is taught everywhere else but Mpumalanga.
Mpumalanga is in transition, according to the DBE, after a majority of teachers initiated a change from Java to Delphi.
This status quo will be maintained for the time being, the DBE said in its latest circular, but it is expected that the department will revisit this decision.
“The DBE will institute the necessary processes to address the challenges experienced by the sector with regard to CAT and IT,” the circular states.
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