New plan to give learners second chance to write matric

By Janice Roberts
Editor

educationOver the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period, government will roll out the Second Chance Matric Programme. This is according to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), released by the National Treasury today.

“This offers learners who wrote grade 12 exams after 2008, but did not pass, an opportunity to earn a national senior certificate.”

An early-grade reading assessment will also be launched to solidify learners’ reading proficiency in their home languages, and ensure an easier transition to using English as a language of learning and teaching in the intermediate phase.

To increase the number of qualified teachers aged 30 and below entering the public service, the Department of Basic Education plans to award 39 000 Funza Lushaka bursaries over the medium term.

“The bursaries will go to teachers in priority subject areas such as mathematics, science and technology. The department also plans to print and distribute about 180 million workbooks to schools over the MTEF period at a projected cost of R3.2 billion,” the MTBPS says.

Through the school infrastructure backlogs grant, the department expects to replace 510 inappropriate and unsafe school facilities by 2018/19. Over the same period, the grant will fund water provision for 1 120 schools, sanitation for 741 schools and electricity for 916 schools.

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