26 new subjects to be added to the school curriculum for grades R-12

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has released a public policy for comments from stakeholders regarding the addition of 13 new subjects in the curriculum for grades 8 and 9.

According to BusinessTech, the subjects have been added to up-skill students who will most likely not complete their Matric. This will equip them with skills to be competent in areas such as agriculture, healthcare, beauty, arts and crafts. Motshekga and her team are proposing Early Childhood Development (ECD) in schools.

According to the policy statements “there are learners participating in the General Education and Training Band who have an interest and talent in applied knowledge and in technical and vocational skills subjects which are currently not available in the National Curriculum Statement, Grades R to 12 (2011).”

A school leaver exits the school system with some of the skills that could be of real use in the job market.

The department has proposed 26 technical subjects, and these include:

Information and Communications Technology

Students that take Information Technology would learn basic adulting skills such as creating a spreadsheet, presentations, creating web pages, and using graphics. These are necessary skills post-school and are currently not in the curriculum.

Agriculture Studies

Students will learn the business of farming, gardening, plant, and animal production.

Ancillary Health Care

Topics covered will include personal, food, home, and environmental hygiene. Students will also learn about nutrition, life, and toddler care.

Art and Crafts

Students will be able to conceptualize and design pieces of art, cost, market, and sell them.

Beauty and Nail Technology

The business of beauty will be covered, teaching students the basics of beauty and nail technology, including safety, techniques, and sanitation amongst other topics.

Body Works

Panel beating and spray painting are the biggest topics to be covered in this curriculum.

Bricklaying and Plastering

Students will be equipped with the basic knowledge of finishing off the interior of buildings and repairing different kinds of structures.

Consumer Studies: Food Production

Students will learn how to produce different kinds of foods, using culinary terms and abiding by food regulations, techniques, and understanding the needs and rights of a customer.

Early Childhood Development

Caring for babies, and assisting them to develop through art, play, language, and communication. Learners will be able to be familiar with the safety regulations governing ECD centres.

Electrical Technology

Students will be able to understand the basic principles of how electricity works, and applying them to install basic appliances in a domestic setting.

English FAL and English HL

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be covered as both a home and an additional language.

Hairdressing and Beauty Care

Students can pursue careers in the hair care industry, using their creativity and learnings to colour, cut, and style hair.

Hospitality Studies

Learners should be able to prepare and present different meals, tend to customers, and use the correct techniques utilised in the hospitality industry.

Life Skills: Creative arts

Learners will learn to appreciate visual arts, music, drama, and dance. They will be taught the basics of visual literacy and performance art.

Life Skills: Physical Education

Learners will be taught about physical well-being and movement.

Life Skills: PSW

Personal and Social Well-being (PSW) will equip children is aimed at “guiding learners to achieve their full physical, intellectual, personal, emotional and social potential.”


Students will learn how to repair and maintain equipment at home and in small construction environments.


Learners will acquire a conceptual understanding of numbers and mathematical relationships.

Motor Mechanics

Students will learn about working in a car workshop, understanding the health regulations, tools, and different mechanical equipment.

Natural Sciences

Learners will be able to acquire information and apply it to solve different kinds of problems in the sciences.

Office Administration

Learners will acquire the skills to do office work, learning how to efficiently use the computer and different software, and learning office etiquette.


Learners should be able to understand how water piping works, and be able to understand how different water systems work and are repaired.


Leaners will be able to understand and use sewing machines and use different sewing technical ques.

Sheet Metal Work

Students will learn how to create metal models using the necessary machinery.


This furniture upholstery module will upskill students in covering all kinds of furniture.


Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of welding practices and safety practices.

Wholesale and retail

Students will have a better understanding of how the wholesale industry works, who the stakeholders are, and the rules that regulate the industry.

Woodworking and timber

Students will be able to draw and design different wood and timber products.

Click here to see the full policy document for each subject.

Every proposed subject detail the topics to be covered, time allocation for each subject, and career opportunities.

These subjects will open up a big world of possibilities, where kids can learn what their passions are, and how they can pursue them earlier on.

The public has an opportunity to comment on the subjects here.

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