Education minister considers report

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SABRINA DEAN – Basic Education Minister Angie Motsheka will be giving urgent attention to the contents of a task team report on the quality of the National Senior Certificate.

The report, which is available online at www.education.gov.za, found there are widespread public and professional concerns around the standard and quality of the NSC as a qualification.

It states the NSC is “not adequate in its current format for all the purposes it is being made to serve”.
Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the minister is considering the report, adding that it is receiving urgent attention because it is a time consuming process to implement the type of changes recommended.

Some of the recommendations include the need for a more accurate assessment of learner capabilities, removing Life Orientation from the NSC curriculum, raising the overall minimum pass requirements and removing the provision for failing one subject for Diploma and Bachelor’s passes, among others.

Mhlanga says public inputs formed a major part in the compilation of the report.