- Angie Motshekga started her Second Chance Matric Support Programme and Early Childhood Development Roadshow today in Mpumalanga
- The roadshow aims to raise awareness about these two programmes and get support for them from relevant stakeholders
- The purpose of the programme is to provide learners who failed the National Senior Certificate exams an opportunity to try again
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DELMAS - Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education, started her Second Chance Matric Support Programme (SCMSP) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) Roadshow today (10 January) in Mpumalanga.
The purpose of the SCMSP is to provide learners who failed the National Senior Certificate exams last year the opportunity to try again and hopefully acquire their matric certificate. This can be used to get employment and/or study further at a tertiary institution.
ECD was previously mandated to the Department of Social Development but now falls under Motshekga's portfolio, the South African government said in a statement. The roadshow aims to raise awareness about these two programmes and get support for them.
The week ahead for the Department of Basic Education and their programmes
On Wednesday (12 January) South African schools will reopen. However, SABC News reports that the biggest event facing the Department of Basic Education is the upcoming announcement of the 2021 matric results.
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The department is expected to announce whether schools will reopen fully to operate as they did before Coovid-19 or if rotational systems will remain in place. Many schools have said that they do not have the resources to provide education in line with Covid-19 protocols.
The SCMSP also provides support for people who failed their final matric exams in previous years and those who only have a Grade 9 school leaver's certificate to get their National Senior Certificate.
Reactions to Department of Basic Education's new programmes
Maluleke Eric remarked:
"She's implying that a lot of learners failed."
Claudio De Lange said:
"It took them 100 years to get here... Now they need to raise the national pass rate to 60% and restore technical education institutions. Not all are academics."
Shiehaam Peters Moos shared:
"And no educators to teach it."
Victor MC Shabangu believes:
"Replace useless subjects with information and technology or coding."
Brian Ferreira remarked:
"Hopefully, reading and writing will now be included."
Maimane says 30% pass mark will hurt SA's economy, launches petition
Speaking of the matric exams, Briefly News recently reported that Mmusi Maimane, the founder and leader of One South Africa Movement is taking his advocacy for the improvement of the South African educational system to new heights.
Maimane and his organisation have launched a petition to ask the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to consider increasing the pass mark which currently sits at 30% for some school subjects.
In the petition posted on Change.org, Maimane says the low pass mark is harmful to pupils and the future of the educational system. Maimane went on to say the 30% mark will eventually have a negative impact on the country's economy.
Source: Briefly News