What are the principles of CAPS curriculum?

The CAPS curriculum is driven by several core principles.

Social transformation

The curriculum ensures the educational imbalances of the past are redressed and that equal educational opportunities are provided for all sections of the population.

Active and critical learning

The curriculum encourages a dynamic and critical approach to learning rather than rote and uncritical learning of given truths.

High knowledge and high skills

The curriculum sets the minimum standards of knowledge and skills at each grade are specified and high but achievable in all subjects.


The content and context of each grade show the progression from simple to complex.

Human rights, inclusivity, environmental and social justice

The curriculum infuses the principles and practices of social and ecological justice and human rights as defined in the Republic of South Africa Constitution. The National Curriculum Statement Grades R-12 is sensitive to diversity issues such as poverty, inequality, race, gender, language, age, disability and other factors.

Valuing indigenous knowledge systems

The curriculum acknowledges this country’s rich history and heritage as significant contributors to nurturing the values contained in the Constitution.

Credibility, quality and efficiency

The curriculum provides an education comparable in quality, breadth, and depth to other countries.

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