The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga launched the Hospitality Studies Digital Curriculum Project in partnership with Sun International at Tembisa High School on Wednesday last week. The theme of the project was “21st Century Education for 21st Century Hoteliers”.
The Hospitality Studies Digital Curriculum Project develops digital content for Hospitality Studies for Grades 10, 11 and 12 that will be accessible to anyone from teachers to learners from anywhere in the country. The project is aimed at improving teaching, resources and results in Hospitality Studies – using digital technology – as well as igniting interest in it and increasing the number of institutions offering it as a subject.
Studies undertaken by the department showed a steady decline in hospitality studies offered by secondary schools since 2008.The research points to a lack of funding as one of the main reasons for this, indicating a need for private sector involvement.Factors cited include the cost of equipment, a lack of training opportunities for teachers and a resultant shortage of suitably qualified teachers. The course will provide support and capacity for both teachers and students.
It will also serve to create awareness at secondary school level about potential careers in the fast-growing hospitality industry.Government statistics highlight the importance of the industry to South Africa’s economy, as it created 32 186 new jobs and earned R250 billion during 2015. Motshekga expressed her happiness about the partnership, describing it as an important milestone in the provision of quality education.