Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega says her Department has started taking steps towards the introduction of the General Education Certificate.

The certificate would allow learners, after 10 years of schooling, when completing Grade 9, to access the job market.

She says planning for the introduction of the GEC is at an advantaged state.

Access Motshekga’s full speech here.

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The Western Cape has achieved a 81.2% pass rate in the 2021 Grade 12 examinations.

This is a 1.3% increase from the 79.9% pass rate obtained in 2020 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Free State scored the highest pass rate, with 85.7% of Grade 12 in that province passing their Matric.

Gauteng came in second, with an 82,8% pass rate.

Watch the minister’s full media briefing here.

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Matric pass rate of 76.4% obtained in the November 2021 examinations is testament that the country’s education system is improving.

The Minister announced the pass rate last night, and says this is a slight improvement from 2020’s 76.2%.

Motshekga says the 2019 pass rate, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, stood at 81.3%.

Watch the minister’s full announcement here.

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The Department of Basic Education has again assured parents that their kids would not be vaccinated against Covid-19 on school premises.

Deputy Director General for Planning at the DBE, Simone Geyer says the vaccination of those, aged 12 to 17, would only take place at vaccination clinics.

Geyer says the vaccination clinics will be managed by the national Department of Health.

She says the decision, for kids to get vaccinated, should be jointly made by both parents and their children.

Access the DBE’s full briefing here.

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