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National Senior Certificate comparable to international benchmarks

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga claims the nation’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) is without question of a high standard, with matric question papers currently being set at an international level.

Motshekga asserted that the NSC pass requirements happen to be higher than the old Senior Certificate, which demanded only six subjects with four subjects passed at 40% and two at 33.3%. When it comes to NSC, admission to bachelor studies demands a pass in four subjects at 50% and the remaining subjects at 30%, provided the home language is passed at 40% and the language of learning and teaching at 30%.

Further more, NSC candidates are required to have seven subjects, as apposed to the old Senior Certificate which required only six subjects.

 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Motshekga pointed out that the department had expanded the National Workbook Programme to cover Grades 7, 8 and 9, with an allocation of R811 million for growing the distribution network of workbooks to Grade 9 learners for the 2012/13 financial year.

The department will be providing 54 million books this year to learners free of charge to the parent or learner. This is certainly history in the making. Also, in line with the department’s commitment to inclusive education, workbooks for Grades 1 to 6 were modified and are currently being published in braille. furthermore, grade 7 to 9 workbooks are also being adapted for Braille.

The department is without a doubt dealing with the challenge of packaging, delivery and quantity of textbooks with its ultimate objective will be to make sure that each and every pupil has a textbook for every subject.

“Provinces are required to ensure that we centralise no-fee schools purchase of textbooks to increase textbook coverage and to ensure value for money. The department is looking at the possibility that the government will print textbooks making sure that there is an increase in textbook coverage from 45% to at least 85% by 2014,” she said.

The department is going to continue to do a lot more to fast-track the provision and improvement of school infrastructure as a result of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI). The programme has been provided with an additional boost by being part of the work of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.

 

Soon after the completion of the 2012 supplementary exams along with the release of results, Motshekga reported that the all round pass rate, combining the November 2011 and March 2012, examinations was in fact 72.7%, noting that in November 2011, the department had surpassed 70%.

On the other hand, the minister did raise concern with regards to the the very poor quality of passes in Maths and Science, adding the fact that the focus would undoubtedly now fall on these subjects along with technology.

To enhance the quality and quantity of passes in Maths and Science, the department is planning to implement a new national strategy for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. It reinforces the Dinaledi Schools programme, which has been given a conditional grant of R99.7 million for 2012/13.

A Maths and Science Indaba is planned for June with key education stakeholders active in the teaching of these subjects.

Source: BuaNews

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SA youth turning out to be far better at school

More youngsters attending South African schools happen to be completing Grade 9 – from 80% in 2003 to 88% in 2010 and even more are in addition successfully completing their Grade 12 with more than 24% qualifying for Bachelor of Arts studies at universities, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The country in addition has more than doubled Grade R enrollment from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 this past year, with over 12 million learners currently being accommodated within the country’s education and learning system.

“We have developed a relatively stable schooling system which has extended the right to basic education… we are set to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals on expanding access to education,” Motshekga said.

 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

She revealed the fact that building contractors have already been selected for the building of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape in order to remove and replace mud structures which might be partly the reason why there exists a higher  than normal learner drop-out rate in the province.
Currently there are 126 mud schools in the Mount Frere area alone, with Motshekga indicating it is going to take the country greater than 20 years to deal with the backlog. This is in spite of policy improvements by government, including the enactment of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative which, among others, has resulted in the building of 1 648 classrooms, provision of sanitation and electricity to more than 700 schools.

To further improve universal access to education, Motshekga stated that the department had already made inroads in ensuring that free schooling and school meals reached as many poor schools as they possibly can. At the moment, in excess of eight million learners in more than 80% of public schools happen to be taking advantage of the no-fee policy with the vast majority of them located in Limpopo, Free State and the Eastern Cape.

The department has at the same time made progress with the provision of learning and teaching support material.

 

More than six million work books and 24 million textbooks in all South African languages have been sent out to schools this current year. Motshekga brought up issues concerning the large number of drop outs in the country’s educational facilities which she she believes is due to poverty and poor academic performance. Inadequate teaching in schools along with ineffective school management were in addition to blame for the high drop out rates.

During the State of the Nation Address, President Zuma encouraged teacher unions to make sure that they worked with education officials in ensuring that teachers were well-prepared, calling for an emphasis on the so called Triple T — teachers, textbooks and time.

Currently, processes are now being completed to assess principals and deputy principals inaugurating a brand new era of performance agreements, accountability, sound school management as well as the accruing benefits associated with quality teaching and correct utilization of time

Source: BuaNews

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