n Journal of Educational Studies - Teachers' views on the implementation of the national curriculum statement policy : a perspective from the economic and management sciences learning area

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



This study aimed to determine the views of Economic and Management Sciences teachers on carrying out the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) policy because of the major obstacles perceived in its implementation. The research methodology was eclectic, in the sense that it included both qualitative and quantitative approaches; namely, six principals' interviews and 100 questionnaires responded to in a case study of the District D3 - Tshwane North schools in South Africa. Evidence emerged that there was a lack of planning in the implementation of the NCS policy, such as: inadequate training; enormous stress placed on already over-burdened teachers; and, excessive paperwork. The study also found that the use of a flexible framework that could accommodate differences; namely, Total Quality Management philosophy, could be helpful, since it could also accommodate and integrate other innovative and creative government policies to enhance the implementation of the NCS policy. The outcomes of the study elicited an understanding of the integrated framework that is theoretically sound to the practice in different settings.

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