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It`s exhaustingly difficult to judge others. However-it-may-be, there exists a system, not ingeniously indigenous, yet vastly crucial for its reformative effect on tertiary education since introduction into South Africa – thank, (probably) Google, for the Outcomes Based Education (OBE) system.

SAY WHAT? Well howsabout some more jargon then: US`s, EEKS, CCFO`s – … (3 dots normally means there much more to what has just been said, and, in this specific case in time, it is, well, completely true!). Although, luckily for you as the reader, it’s irrelevant for all practical purposes …

OK, focus, herewith the Nutshell:

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in collaboration with the National Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has set out crystal clear guidelines for attaining Qualifications in South Africa, therefore breaking them down into separately achievable, bite size pieces.

So, EEKS – are Essential Embedded Knowledge, the stuff you need to basically know in order to maintain any opinionated discussion on the subject at hand; and CCFO`s – are Critical Cross Field Outcomes, so you need to be able to see the world as a set of related systems and not as separated entities; then culminating into US – which contrary to popular belief in the west, relate to Unit Standards `round here, essentially the first formulated step to formal education in South Africa.

So, what I’m trying to get to, first and foremost; our current students…or learners:


For those wondering: This has been Level 1 Assessment Week – practical assessment to be more specific.
And it’s over now. Thank goodness! Some great Ellie, hyena and cheetah sightings!

Next week`s going to be good solid walking in preparation for Trails, then we off for a week, and then the games begin. Kick-off for some in the industry, as students start heading off for placements.

Until next time,
Cobus and The Bushwise Team