• Barbara Simpson School of Social Work and Community Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.




Outcomes-based education (OBE) has been very much in the news lately. Graeme Bloch’s
book The toxic mix: what’s wrong with SA schools and how to fix it (2009) has received
widespread coverage in the press, as have the results of the National Benching Tests Project
(HESA, 2009), which demonstrated that a large number of entry-level students at tertiary
institutions were not sufficiently competent in academic literacy, quantitative literacy or
mathematics to succeed at university without substantial additional help. There are many
complex reasons for the problems in the South African education system, but the suitability
outcomes-based education to address the education challenges in South Africa has been
seriously questioned.


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How to Cite

Simpson, B. (2014). OUTCOMES-BASED EDUCATION: IS IT RIGHT FOR SOCIAL WORK?. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 46(3). https://doi.org/10.15270/46-3-158