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    Thumbs down Kids can now only fail once

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    The lobby group, AfriForum, has expressed concern about reports of a new "passing rule" in South African schools.

    "AfriForum was shocked by the decision of the Minister of Basic Education [Angie Motshekga] that senior learners may from now on only fail once in Grades 10 to 12," the civil rights lobby said on Monday.

    "A second fail will mean that they will be passed automatically."

    Beeld reported that a directive to this effect was published in the Government Gazette on December 28.

    This had previously applied only to the first three education phases --grades R to three, four to six and seven to nine.

    "If a learner should fail Grade 10, but knows that he will be passed in Grades 11 and 12, what incentive would he or she have to put in the extra effort to pass the other two years?"

    This would also compromise the results of pupils who did pass on merit, making it unclear who deserved the qualification, she said.

    The education department said it intended introducing a regulation which would allow pupils in the FET band (Grades 10, 11 and 12) to repeat a grade only once, spokesman Terence Khala said.

    "This is not new. The regulation has been applicable to the GET [General Education and Training] phase [Grades One, Two and Three) over the years," he said.

    "This regulation intends to ensure progression of learners by age cohort, ie to avoid learners being in the same class with much younger children. As for Grade 12, this regulation will not apply, because Grade 12 is a certification point."
    Khala said a pupil could not get a certificate without passing, and said the regulations had been gazetted for public comment.
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    The more things change the more they stay the same.
    Used to be that you got a std 10 pass = 33.3% then you got a NSC (National Senior Certificate) 50%? then you got matric exemption 70%? then you could choose to write JMB (Joint Matriculation Board) which was preferred here and recognized overseas as a university entrance grade.
    Nowadays you can choose to write O and A levels which are adjudicated overseas and the results are recognized internationally.


    Seems that now they got a school leaving certificate 0 to 33.3% so you don't feel inferior
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    Quote Originally Posted by wynn View Post
    Seems that now they got a school leaving certificate 0 to 33.3% so you don't feel inferior
    Ja, what, "The holder of this certificate is unemployable because they managed to achieve below the 33% threshold!"
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    I suppose the government got tired of 25 year olds still in std 8 at school with the 16 year old girls....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickolai Naydenov View Post
    As for Grade 12, this regulation will not apply, because Grade 12 is a certification point."
    Thank goodness for that, at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Thank goodness for that, at least.
    I'm sure they'll make a plan for grade 12 as well, step by step And then they wonder why SA is in this state
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