Department of Higher Education and Training
9 April 2019
The National Senior Certificate (Colleges) (Nated Report 191, Part 1) is to be phased out.
The education department published notification of the intention by Umalusi Council to phase out the option in Government Gazette 42380.
According to the notice, the “National Senior Certificate (Colleges) (Nated Report 191, Part 1) has remained as an option for candidates who, having passed the National Certificate N3: Engineering, were entitled to receive the qualification on condition that they had offered and passed the two N3 Business Languages offered at the colleges”.
Research in 2016, however, revealed that very few candidates elected the option and that the NSC (Colleges) qualification does not “articulate meaningfully” with other qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework.
Consequently, Umalusi Council has decided that the qualification in its current format no longer plays a meaningful role in the education and training system.
The department also announced that the certification of the National Technical Certificate N3 subjects in combination with Senior Certificate subjects for the issuing of a Senior Certificate, awarded in terms of “A résumé of instructional programmes in schools, Report 550 (2005/09)”, will also cease.
The last examination will take place in November 2020 with no registrations allowed from 1 January 2021.
Meanwhile, the basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, recently delivered an address at the Release of the 2017/18 School Monitoring Survey in Pretoria.
According to the basic education department, the “2017 Survey was conducted in a nationally representative sample of 1000 schools offering Grade 6, as well as in a nationally representative sample of 1000 schools offering Grade 12”.
• More learners in poor and rural schools have access to libraries compared to 2011.
• The 2017 Survey says the overall average hours of professional development per teacher per year reflected an improvement since 2011, up from 36 to 42 hours.
• The national average for filled teaching posts (primary and secondary schools combined) increased from 69% to 78% since the 2011 survey.
• The level of compliance has increased significantly for school governing bodies from 54% in 2011 to 62% in 2017.
• The 2017 Survey notes that approximately 95% of learners across all quintiles had access to their own workbooks in both the Home Language and Mathematics.
• The 2017 Survey found that, nationally, only 59% of schools complied with all the determined minimum physical infrastructure standards.
• 216 new state-of-the-art schools have been completed nationally since 2011 under ASIDI. More than 100 state-of-the-art schools are also currently under construction.
However, the minister pointed out that the survey found no discernable change in the rate of teacher absence since 2011. In fact, the national aggregate absence has increased from 8% to 10% on an average day.
“This is deeply troubling. We must do more to support our teachers. There’s a need to drill deeper into the statistics to understand this leave of absence phenomenon,” she said.