NAPTOSA statement on the GEC qualification


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  • #72263

    sylvia hammond
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    The media have been full of fairly hysteric responses to a recent announcement of changes to the Basic Education system.

    Please see the attached media statement by the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa. (NAPTOSA).

    NAPTOSA is registered by the Registrar of Labour Relations as a trade union, and is the second largest in the sector, and a member of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).

    The media statement explains that the introduction of the General Education Certificate (GEC) at the end of Grade 9, (the old Standard 7), is registered on the NQF, as a level 1 qualification. It is not intended as an exit from schooling certificate, it forms part of a 3 stream system.

    The intention is to divide schooling into 3 streams, based upon the ability of the learner.

    Currently, all learners proceed upon an academic route – clearly we all know that is not suitable to all learners.

    So there would be 3 routes:

      the academic route remains, with
      a vocational route, and
      an occupational route.

    Please see the attached media statement for further explanation and clarification.

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  • #72267

    Lynel Farrell
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    Thank you so much Sylvia, will share for sure!

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  • #72274

    Des Squire
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    Very interresting developments and something I have proposed since as far back as 2012. See the attached article.

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    • #72279

      sylvia hammond
      Keymaster

      Dear Des,
      Thank you for that – it reminds me of that expression – not sure if it is biblical – that all comes to those who wait – or something to that effect 🙂

      Personally I am very supportive of the concept, I saw a presentation on it some time ago, and now we just need to make it happen.

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  • #72294

    Maxine Peters
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    Good day all

    Exciting times in the training industry, Des enjoy your article thank you.
    You said it all…
    In my pondering mode how long for this to be properly understood?
    Do all professional bodies have opinions on this?
    What are we doing to share it where it matters the most?

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    • #72298

      sylvia hammond
      Keymaster

      Hi Maxine,
      I picked up your comment about professional bodies – I am not sure about about the consultation with professional bodies.
      Over the last decade SAQA has been registering professional bodies and designations, but I am not sure that they have effectively been included for consultation, in the statutory processes that exist.

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    Des Squire
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    Hi Maxine
    I have invcorporated it into my training for EE and Skils Development forums as a means of sharing the concept with employees of companies who in turn would share within their communities.
    I also advocate that companies share this as part of their corporate social responsibility by education and sharing the TVET concept (Technical Education and qualification) with communities while at the same time entering into partnerships with TVET and community based colleges with a view to mentoring, and upskilling where and when required.

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