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Sweeping changes announced for South African schools

From 2009 every Grade 9 pupil in South Africa will be writing a national certificate whether they are leaving school or not. This was one of five major policy changes announced by Minister of Education Naledi Pandor recently.

Other changes include proposals to:

  • Lower teacher pupil ratios(reduced class sizes);
  • Rearrange districts into smaller more manageable areas;
  • Get Internet into every school in the country by 2013; and,
  • Expand Further Education and Training Colleges.

To read more go to the Pretoria News article by Clicking Here! 


2 Responses

  1. I just want to know, what can be done for people who left school at STD 6 who are over age 18, who are rejected in normal school. they don`t qualify for FET`s because they don`t have STD 8. What can be done for those people. With the new curriculum now people can not do their matric through correspondence those people can not attend FET`s because they are breadwinners. Why the new curricum is affecting the future of other people. There should be a way for those people to get matric and get recognition.

  2. Dear Vuyina Mnykizo

    I have forwarded your request through to the Government Department of Education. Unfortunately I cannot be of help. I only administer the Education Library of the University of Pretoria’s Blog.

    You can also contact the Department of Education directly at:

    Physical Address : Sol Plaatje House, 123 Schoeman Street, Pretoria, 0002
    Postal Address : Private Bag X603, Pretoria, 0001
    Telephone Number : +27 12 326-0126
    Fax Number : +27 12 3235989

    E-mail: Mithileni.j@doe.gov.za

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