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SA's new three-tiered school system set to boost technical professions

The Department of Basic Education hopes a planned new three-tiered school system will see an increase in pupils pursuing technical qualifications.

The department's Mathanzima Mweli on Thursday said that pupils would be channelled into a particular stream according to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

The plan, to be implemented in 58 schools in 2017, will be divided into three schooling streams: academic, technical vocational and technical occupations.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

We are losing close to 50% of our learners in the schooling system because they aren't necessarily academically inclined.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director General at the Department of Basic Education

The three streams will diversify the options in terms of subjects.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director General at the Department of Basic Education

For 2016, we will increase the number of subjects offered at technical high schools from four to 10. We've trained over 1600 teachers and subjects advisers to be available.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director General at the Department of Basic Education

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