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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Argus reports that according to student crowdfunding platform Feenix, SA’s economic prospects could not afford a proposal where Grade 9 pupils were allowed to exit the schooling system, leaving them “ill-prepared for the fast-changing world we live in”.  

This was said in response to an apparent proposal by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in which she floated a plan to introduce a General Education Certificate (GEC) for pupils after completing Grade 9.  Leana de Beer of Feenix said Motshekga was mistaken if she believed the new plan would somehow solve the country’s education prospects.  She said surveys had shown that Grade 12s were generally performing poorly in terms of maths and science abilities, so it made no sense “to allow learners to leave the system even earlier which would rob them of three extra years of schooling”.  However, Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said that reports that pupils could leave school in Grade 9 were misleading and apparently emanated from a misinterpretation of what Motshekga had said on Thursday at the Sadtu national congress.  “As a result the message communicated by those reports is unfortunately causing confusion as it is not a true reflection of what the minister meant in her speech.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sisonke Mlamla at Cape Argus
  • Read too, Academics slam Angie Motshekga's plan for grade 9 exit-level exam, at TimesLIVE
  • And also, Grade 9 exit plan will make youth unskilled and unemployable, says DA, at Independent News

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