Chapter 4



4.11.1Legislative and Policy Framework


  • The National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996) (Section 3(4)(l)) [NEPA
  • The South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 (Section 6A) [SASA] 



See list of documents under  Chapter 4.1.1

4.11.2Framework for the Development of School Policy on Subject Policy

The SASA determines in Section 5A that the Minister must determine a national curriculum and procedures for the assessment of learner achievement in public and independent schools. The policy on curriculum matters contained in the documents listed under Chapter 4.1.1 was determined in terms of this Section of SASA and must be used for the development of subjects and subject policies.

4.11.3Guidelines for the Development of School Policy on Subject Policy

  1. Important aspects to be kept in mind when developing policy on subject and phase policy are the following:
    • The policy must be developed with the departmental policy as point of departure and framework.
    • The policy must form part of school policy and be in line with school policy on other relating aspects, e.g. subject policy on assessment must be in line with the school policy on assessment, the timetable and year programme.
    • All subject/phase policies must be approved by the principal and then be regarded as school policy.
    • The principal or a delegate must be informed on the contents of all the subject phase policies and must be able to engage departmental officials on the legitimacy/validity thereof when the relevant teachers are challenged by them.
  2. A framework for the development of subject/phase policy which could be used as school policy on this matter is at  [Reference List C FRAMEWORK SUBJECT]


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