Grade 9 certificate aimed at addressing dropouts: Motshekga

Concern has been raised over government's proposed plan that will make Grade 9 an exit point in the schooling system. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said plans to introduce a certificate that will allow grade 9s to leave the schooling system is aimed at addressing school dropouts.

Motshekga announced at Sadtu’s ninth National Congress at Nasrec this week that her department is working on introducing several qualifications, which include the General Education Certificate.

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“By the time we go to grade 10,11, 12 we start to observe high dropout rates and one of the findings in our research, also the Household Survey, is that when they go to higher grades, they can't cope with the curriculum, which means they are bringing deficits with them from lower grades.

That is why we don't even have 100% pass rate, they struggle when they get to the FET phase and that means there are deficits they have been carrying through the system and that is why some drop out", said Motshekga.

Motshekga said the field trial for the general education certificate at the end of Grade 9 is scheduled for completion at the end of July 2020.


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