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Two-year Matric plan to benefit remedial pupils

Education dept says the idea is to support learners who are unable to cope with the full curriculum.

FILE: A pupil holds matric report card. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Basic Education says the idea behind a new plan to modulate school children's matric year is to support learners who are unable to cope with the full curriculum at senior certificate level.

Grade 12 pupils who have failed to perform in their trial examinations throughout the year will have the option of focusing only on the subjects that they are prepared to write.

One of the main aims is to provide pupils with remedial support.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga said, "The idea is to support those learners that are gifted differently. We have identified them and are monitoring them and in the process of doing so, we have realised that we need to come up with others ways to ensure that they obtain the certificate and so that they don't fall away."