oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - OBE : implementation problems in the black townships of South Africa

Volume 4 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



The implementation of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) in South African schools, especially in the black township schools, is problematic. The aim of this study was to investigate the problems that contributed negatively to the implementation of OBE in the township schools. The findings of this study indicated that the inadequate or inferior professional training that the majority of township educators received during the apartheid era, overcrowding and the inadequate supply of facilities and resources were among the main factors that made the implementation of OBE problematic in the township schools. The problem of poor professional training was exacerbated by the fact that the OBE training provided by the education ministry came too late, and it was generally inadequate and theoretical. These problems were further complicated by the fact that many township school learners came from impoverished backgrounds, and their experiences and knowledge could, therefore, not be used as a point of departure in a lesson. Parents' poor participation in educational matters due to, among others, illiteracy and lack of interest also contributed negatively to the implementation of OBE in the township schools.

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