Minister: Allowing Grade 9 pupils to leave will offer opportunities

Minister: Allowing Grade 9 pupils to leave will offer opportunities

- Minister Angie Motshekga has explained that allowing students to exit school at Grade 9 will open up other opportunities

- The move will allow learners to access TVET colleges and other institutions in order to learn other vital skills

- This follows widespread criticism on the government's endeavour from the public

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Minister Angie Motshekga says that the plan to allow students to gain a certificate upon exiting school at Grade 9 intends to allow for other opportunities.

Speaking to 702, the Basic Education Minister explained that school-leavers would be able to choose from the academic, technical or vocational stream:

"We are streaming the learners into different areas, in terms of their interests, skills or job opportunities in the market. The Basic Education Ministry says the General Education Certificate it plans to issue learners exiting Grade 9 will allow them access to TVET colleges or other institutions to learn technical skills."

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Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga explains that the certificate will allow learners to enter specialist schools if they wish to, reports the SABC:

“That’s how artisans are produced, and we are talking artisans now… and it is also part of the three streams of education that we are talking about – where we are launching focused schools where people can go for maritime schools, aviation and even engineering… so this is part and parcel of that particular project." reported that the news had been met with outcry from citizens who argued that the motion would encourage students to drop out of school early.

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