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.
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.
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