Department of Basic Education Plans To Let Learners Finish School at Grade 9. Grade 9 might be the new matric. The Department of Basic Education is working on formalising grade 9 as a second exit point of schooling. These learners will attain the General Education Certificate.
The plan was unveiled by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga during her speech at the SADTU National Congress at Nasrec, Johannesburg.
This plan, Motshekga said, forms part of the initiative to deal “decisively with the quality and efficiency through the implementation of standardised assessments.”
“The field trial for the General Education Certificate at the end of Grade 9 is scheduled for completion at the end of July 2020,” she said. The minister added that the draft framework for the General Education Certificate in Grade 9 has been developed.