oa Journal of Education - The codification of local knowledge into learnerships

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-479X



There is a need to improve the delivery of services in the water and sanitation field to many parts of South Africa. In order to do this not only money but also requisite structures and systems of training are required. The approach taken, in line with national trends and directives, is that of qualification-led training. This paper analyses the development of qualification statements which derive from work being currently done on the ground in rural areas. The analyses, using theory related to the sociology of science and technology, illustrate a process of knowledge change and further support the contention that a qualification-led educational transformation may not be the best model to follow in South Africa. However, the development of more practice-based qualification statements does serve a purpose in the field of qualification design.

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