The Basic Education Ministry says the General Education Certificate it plans to issue learners exiting Grade 9 will allow them access to TVET colleges or other institutions to learn technical skills.
The Department of Basic Education is working on formalising Grade 9 as one of the exit points of schooling.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has distanced her department and reading initiative, the ‘Read to Lead’ campaign, from a series of semi naked pictures of women posted on Twitter.
High school students, affiliated to lobby group Equal Education, have handed over a performance contract to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
Public schools countrywide are still surrounded by poor infrastructure, teacher absenteeism and lack of water and sanitation.