The need for the teaching of Biblical Studies in the RSA with special reference to the Giyani high schools

  • S. B. Hlungwani Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
  • I. J. Henning Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
  • G. A. Lotter Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education

Abstract

It is argued that the teaching of Biblical Studies at schools is relevant to the social life of learners in:

  • assisting learners to perform well in other school subjects;
  • helping teenagers make better moral decisions in life, and
  • building a better society without crime.

It is also shown that the use of the teaching methods and the teaching principles by academically and professionally qualified teachers would improve the standard of teaching of Biblical Studies, especially so in the Giyani schools under the Gazankulu Department of Education (GDE). In an extensive empirical study the following conclusions were drawn.

All respondents (teachers, learners, principals, parents and ministers of Christian religions) agree that Biblical Studies plays a role in the school curriculum as it is instrumental in:

  • solving life problems experienced by learners in the society;
  • establishing norms whereby learners can judge the situations in which they are involved, and
  • enhancing the spiritual and academic growth of learners and young people.

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Published
2001-06-29
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