January 23, 2021

Government Plans To Allow Students To Leave School At The End Of Grade 9

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has revealed plans to let students leave school once they complete Grade 9.

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By Staff Writer
The Department of Basic Education is working on introducing a General Education Certificate at the Grade 9 level.

Basic Education minister Angie Motshega revealed the news in her address at the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union congress on Thursday at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

The certificate will allow learners to leave school at Grade 9 with a qualification.

“Dealing decisively with the quality and efficiency through the implementation of standardised assessments to reduce failure, repetition, and drop-out rates, we are also working on the introduction of multiple qualifications such as the General Education Certificate before the Grade 12 exit qualification,” said Motshega.

“We plan to launch a systemic evaluation that will be conducted in strategic grades by finalising preparations and technical standards for the administration of systemic evaluation to enable high level national and provincial monitoring.

“The first cycle of systemic evaluations in grades 3, 6 and 9 will be finalised by June 2020. 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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