Grade 9 school-leaving certificate in the pipeline

Learners that either battle with conventional secondary schools or would opt out of high school altogether could be given the choice to by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

Plans are in place to introduce the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) for school pupils who wish to leave school at the end of Grade 9. The certificate would enable learners to go and study further at a technical vocational education and training college as well.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says that this certificate would also address unemployment and the skills shortages in the country.

This certificate was first introduced after a Task Team released a report on the standard of the National Senior Certificate last year. Director General for Curriculum at the DBE, Matanzima Mweli:

The view is now that, within the Council of Education Ministers, the time has come. The data demonstrates that we lose some of the learners even before grade nine – they drop out. This is for a myriad of reasons; one of which is that some of the learners are unable to cope with the current demands of the curriculum.

Inclusivity

Mweli says this effort will form part of a foundation to build an inclusive basic education system. He says that the education system wants to recognise children with diverse learning and skills abilities.

We want all learners are able to acquire knowledge and a skills that will allow them to form part of an inclusive economy.

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


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[LISTEN] Kieno Kammies hosts debate on land expropriation without compensation

[LISTEN] Kieno Kammies hosts debate on land expropriation without compensation

Kieno speaks to experts about the controversial land question and the challenges that could accompany the proposed bill.

What are the legal obligations for the film industry?

What are the legal obligations for the film industry?

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies looks at the laws which govern the film industry following the death of an actor last week.

Steinhoff's Johan van Zyl throws in the towel just days before the AGM

Steinhoff's Johan van Zyl throws in the towel just days before the AGM

Deputy Editor at Financial Mail Sikonathi Mantshantsha says van Zyl won't be at the AGM to account for what happened at Steinhoff.

'The NPA should be ready and re-enroll the matter' - Nel on Malema prosecution

'The NPA should be ready and re-enroll the matter' - Nel on Malema prosecution

AfriForum not backing down over decision to privately prosecute Julius Malema.

A lesson in post-school education systems, from Switzerland for South Africa.

A lesson in post-school education systems, from Switzerland for South Africa.

With the third highest youth unemployment rate globally, SA ought to take note of the Swiss success story in addressing the issue.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Popular articles
Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

WATCH: The EFF has scored an own goal says Eusebius

WATCH: The EFF has scored an own goal says Eusebius

Eusebius McKaiser questions the party's use of vandalism during weekend demonstrations at H&M.

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Vavi: I can't sleep at night for making Zuma the president

Vavi: I can't sleep at night for making Zuma the president

Zwelinzima Vavi says South Africa is paying dearly for choices they've made in being angry with Mbeki and not thinking logically.

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Pan Africanist Congress's Narius Moloto explains why it supports the name Azania, a word which he says has Arabic origins.

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

Zuma says he cannot be expected to act against Minister Bathabile Dlamini on social grants matter now before the ConCourt.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...