Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga last week announced that there are plans to formalise grade nine as a second exit point of schooling.
The announcement would mean that pupils were able to complete the grade and get a general education certificate.
To discuss this announcement by the department Bongani Bingwa chats to education expert Professor Mary Metcalfe.
Metcalfe says this school-leaving certificate in grade nine would open up new pathways for pupils.
This school-leaving certificate will be written by all learners and from that, they will have options within the current school they are in or other possibilities like TVET colleges.— Professor Mary Metcalfe, Educational expert
Only 60% of pupils that begin school finish and obtain a national senior certificate, she says.
This school-leaving certificate is going to do many things that are positive, it will give recognition to pupils that they have achieved something these past nine years.— Professor Mary Metcalfe, Educational expert
Listen below to the full interview: