Government looks to formalise Grade 9 as an exit point for students

Government looks to formalise Grade 9 as an exit point for students

- The Department of Basic Education is working on introducing a general education certificate

- If approved, this development will allow South African students to leave school as early as Grade 9

- Minister Angie Motshekga says that this will aim to reduce failure, repetition and dropout rates

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that draft framework for a general education certificate is being developed.

News24 reports that this will allow students to leave school as early as Grade 9, with Motshekga saying:

"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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This comes as the department aims to implement standardised assessments in order to reduce failure, repetition and dropout rates, reports the SABC.

The Minister says 11 focus areas have been identified for strategic framework, including the decolonisation of basic education and eliminating the digital divide.

The department hopes to have all schools able to access the internet and free data within the next six years.

Briefly.co.za gathered that citizens were unimpressed by the move, flocking to social media to share their concerns for the proposed changes:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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