Volume 10, Number 2

An Investigation into the Effectiveness of the Curriculum and Assessment
Policy Statement (CAPS) in South African Schools


Tinuade Adekunbi Ojo1 and Refentse Mathabathe2, 1University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 2Ahube Valley Ext, South Africa


The paper presents the findings from current research on the impact that the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) curriculum subjects have on two South African Schools in Gauteng province in South Africa. The aim is to present the impact of the CAPs subjects in the school. The study did a critical evaluation of each subject to elaborate on the importance and challenges in implementing the subjects and using a qualitative research method to collect data on a group of teachers and students on their opinion on the impact of CAPs subjects. The findings suggest that even though the curriculum is effective, it needs to be improved to close the gap between public and private schools. Private schools are currently benefiting the most from the subjects and how the curriculum is structured.


CAPS Subjects, Public and Private Schools, Primary and High School, Department of Basic Education.