Posts Tagged ‘General Education Certificate’

BELA Bill passes despite falling short on dropout prevention.

The Zero Dropout Campaign notes the National Council of Province (NCOP) passing the Basic Education Law Amendment (BELA) Bill this morning. Last Thursday, the NCOP made a hurried attempt to pass this Bill, and in the process almost violated its own procedural requirements. “This piece of legislation will have a profound impact on the education […]

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Posted on 14 May 2024 under Press releases.


The DBE’s new GEC could be a dropout game changer, or exacerbator

Recently, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) published its Annual Performance Plan for the next financial year. Of particular interest to the Zero Dropout Campaign in the plan is the implementation and progress of the new General Education Certificate (GEC) pilot. According to the DBE’s plan, “The GEC recognises formal learning that has occurred by […]

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Posted on 17 April 2024 under Press releases.


[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.