Posts Tagged ‘Department of Basic Education’

[LISTEN] How will the new General Education Certificate affect dropout in South Africa?

In this SAfm interview with Stephen Grootes, Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, discusses the protentional implications of the Department of Basic Education’s new General Education Certificate for Grade 9 currently being piloted in schools across South Africa. The General Education Certificate is scheduled for national implementation in 2025, and if so, […]

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Posted on 16 April 2024 under Zero Dropout in the News.


Experts question new education certificate’s impact on academic standards

There has been debate whether the General Education Certificate (GEC) will, despite its intentions, inadvertently formalise the dropout phenomenon in South Africa, which is still at crisis level.

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Posted on 10 April 2024 under Zero Dropout in the News.


Admitting that there’s a dropout problem is just the first step, Mr President

At the annual Basic Education Sector Lekgotla held recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa raised his concerns about South Africa’s learner dropout rate, which he said was “still unacceptably high”…

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Posted on 26 March 2024 under Press releases.