Is leaving school at the end of Grade 9 a good idea or not?
Plans are in place to introduce the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) for school pupils who wish to leave school at the end of Grade 9 in 2017, however one major concern is that at the age of 15, learners are not yet intellectually, emotionally or physically mature enough to hold their own in society, let alone embark on a meaningful or successful career path.
These are just some of the developmental changes that occur between ages 15 and 18:
While there is an unacceptably high drop-out rate of almost 55%, of pupils in Grades 10, 11 and 12; learners need to understand the value of completing their schooling until Matric.
While a GETC certificate would enable learners to go and study further at a TVET College (technical vocational education and training). While there is shortage of skilled artisans in South Africa, as we only produce 13,000 a year and need 40,000 - much more needs to be done to guide those learners into a technical or vocational pathway best suited to their individual career orientation.
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