The public schools in South Africa are using the Outcomes Based Education (OBE) system, but what exactly does that mean? Here is a simple explanation on how the OBE-system works and what it entails.
The OBE-system works on outcomes that a learner need to achieve. This means that a learner needs to be able to apply content learned at school in many different situations, instead of only applying it in one or two situations. This also makes the curriculum more flexible.
Furthermore, it concentrates on what a learner as an individual can achieve rather than what the teacher wants the learners to achieve. This maximizes the potential of the learner.
The usage of textbooks also is minimized, leaving space for ample and rich resources to be used. The teacher acts as a facilitator rather than the master of the classroom, and learners are encouraged to find information themselves. Doing much research is expected from learners.
In the past, learners had to write tests to obtain a mark. With OBE, learners are evaluated on a continuous basis. This is done to get a broader impression of the learners’ abilities.
Overall, OBE is done for learners to make a connection between what is taught and everyday knowledge. This will help them to put what is learned into practical use.