It is reported in the Cape Argus that some local schools are extremely concerned about the system in schools which allows pupils who have failed a grade to be promoted to the next grade. This follows the promotion of 48 Grade 11 pupils who had failed dismally from Spine Road High School in the Western Cape.
Zaida Julias of the Spine Road high school governing body explained the system as:
If a learner fails grade 10 in the first year, the learner repeats the grade. And if the same leaner fails dismally in the second year of doing grade 10, that particular learner gets promoted to the next grade (Grade 11).— zaida Julius
Learners just come to school, they don't work, and they disrupt classes.— Zaida Julius
CapeTalk’s john Maythma also spoke to Debbie Schafer, MEC of Education - Western Cape:
We have been looking at this policy in detail as to what can we do about it. The problem is it started off as a policy by the Department of Basic Education nationally….— Debbie Schafer, MEC of Education
At the moment we are bound by the regulation— Debbie Schafer, MEC of Education
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: