The Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula has revealed that students aged between 20 and 25 are unable to cope with pure academic schooling as they should be compelled‚ through policy‚ to try a technical education.
According to Makupula, the school’s total 1‚162 student population, 135 are above the average age for grades 10 to 12. Existing regulations stipulate that pupil who are still in the school system and “over age” because of repeating grades should not be refused continued education.
With more than 10% of Students at Makukhanye Senior Secondary School in Lusikisiki, the departments guidelines for promotion and progression of grade 10 to 12 pupil, learners cannot spend over four years in the phase of grade 10 and 12, as they can only repeat grade 10 and 11 once.
Makapula believes that pupil who are academically challenged should be allowed to be given a chance at the technical education as it is a waste of time and resources.
The Provincial department spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima has added that, the MEC has been advocating for the implementation of the three-stream model curriculum that allows for channelling those who lack capacity for pure academic schooling towards technical education.
According to Mtima, learners who are over age as a result of repeating grades should not be denied education.