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Exploring school managers' reflections on their experiences of managing CAPS in the city of Bloemfontein.

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This research study is designed to explore school managers’ reflections on their experiences of managing CAPS in the city of Bloemfontein. A case study method was used which included five participants (school managers). Data were generated through reflective activity, semi-structured interviews and a focus group session. The guided analysis method helped to structure the data analysis and the curricular spider web formed the framework that supported this study. A combination of inductive and deductive reasoning was used for the data analysis. The curricular spider web was used as a contextual framework to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The study firstly revealed that school managers are committed and dedicated to their jobs. However, secondly, they lack sufficient knowledge and understanding of what is required from them in managing CAPS. Thirdly, school managers are managing a competency based curriculum rather than a performance based curriculum. As a result, the recommendation is made that the Department of Basic Education should embark on more training programmes to equip and improve school managers’ capacity, which will enable them to manage CAPS more effectively.


Master of Education in Curriculum Studies. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood 2016.


School principals -- Curricula -- South Africa -- Bloemfontein., School management and organization -- South Africa -- Bloemfontein., Curriculum planning -- South Africa -- Bloemfontein., Theses -- Education.