Life Orientation has received, like many aspects of the country’s education system, a lot of bad press. But is it really so bad? There might well be a place for it.
Life Orientation (LO) as a subject in the national curriculum has been extensively criticised in the media over the last year or so. Influential educationalists, department of education officials, principals of schools, teachers and parents have expressed the belief that LO is a complete waste of time and that the time assigned to it should be devoted to subjects that require greater cognitive demand, such as maths, science and technology.
The influential Ministerial Task Team Report on the National Senior Certificate, which appeared in May 2014, called for LO to be dropped as an examinable subject after Grade 11. One parent opined that “geography, history and LO add absolutely no value to us, they only test one’s ability to memorise facts in parrot fashion.” (1) Others feel that the sole purpose of LO is to teach learners how not to get HIV.” (2)
Indeed, the disdain for LO is so palpable that in a recent Twitter conversation, Jonathan Jansen tweeted: “Disagree if you…
Source : Daily Maverick