Edexcel invests in SA’s technological education environment

By: Thandisizwe Mgudlwa – AfricanBrains

EDEXCEL is embarking on yet another of it’s major projects aimed at taking education to greater heights.

This time around the plan is to use technology for the creation of an adaptive education environment in South Africa among other countries.

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding body offering the joint currencies of academic and vocational qualifications in the UK and across 112 countries worldwide including Southern Africa. It works alongside schools, colleges and employers to offer innovative and inspiring training solutions – solutions that give people an edge in the jobs market.

Established in 1996, Edexcel formed a merger with the Business Technical and Education Council (BTEC) and University of London Examinations. In 2006 Edexcel were bought by Pearson.

Edexcel’s three main functions include curriculum development,quality control and certification.

And according to Professor Herman van der Merwe, Executive Dean of Economic Sciences and Information Technology at the North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) in SA: “Education delivery has become a customized personal learning experience demanding interactive group activity that is free from time and distance constraints.

Professor Van der Merwe had discussed the growing need for technology to create an adaptive education environment at the second 4Courses Dinner held in Johannesburg recently.

4Courses Dinners aims to provide a platform for interaction amongst leading stakeholders within the education sector. This is also an aspirational supper club geared towards top educators, colleges, corporates and SA government ‘sSector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).

Invited speakers would share their thoughts on trends in the qualifications and educations industry to an exclusive guest list of professionals.

Professor Van der Merwe, who is also CEO of an expert center called CUTE (Centre for the Utilisation of Technology in Education), touched on the changing needs of todays young learners. Widely regarded by his peers as a technology visionary, he outlined the profile of today’s always ‘on’ students. Van der Merwe took a look at their increased needs and highlighted how educators should be actively interacting with their students.

Ian Yoell, Managing Director of Edexcel Southern Africa said developing relevant education is at the heart of our business. So conceptualizing the 4Courses Dinners just made sense for us.

He added “Having a hand in bringing together leaders in the field of education whilst sparking discussion, and possibly collaborations, is an honor for us.”