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Education policy that pushes non performing students to next grade under review

In terms of national policy on education, learners in intermediate phase (Grade 4-6) and senior Grade (7-9) can't fail more than twice in a particular phase. This is according to Paddy Attwell, head of communication at Western Cape Education Department.

The national department of education has been accused of pushing through non-performing students even though they aren’t ready.

Attwell says the aim is to ensure that the learners are roughly in the same age bracket in that particular phase.

However, the Western Cape Education Minister Debbie Schafer has been opposing this policy on progression of learners and has proposed for the ability to regulate progression in terms of the Western Cape Provincial Education Act.

Preliminary figures from the Department of Basic Education show that nationally 104 136 pupils were progressed to Grade 12 this year compared to 65 673 last year.

Attwell made a distinction between progression and promotion saying when a learner is progressed it simply means that particular learner did not pass and instead was progressed to the next level. Promotion means there was a pass.

This policy is currently under review by the national department of education, says Attwell.

He says the policy is not ideal.

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