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'Extending matric year may help relieve academic pressure'

Minister Motshekga says her department is considering allowing struggling pupils to do matric over two years.

FILE: Matric pupils preparing for their final exams at a learning camp. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The deputy principal of St Cyprians High School in the Western Cape says extending the matric year may help relieve academic pressure, but warns the proposal needs more consultation.

Last week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced her department is considering allowing struggling Grade 12 pupils to do matric over two years.

The Head of Academics at St Cyprians, Bridget James, says more focus still needs to be placed on under-resourced schools.

Some education experts say the matric year extension will put added pressure on an under resourced sector.

But James believes there may be positives.

"Completing matric has become more and more pressurised every year. There is so much pressure on the students; there is so much competition for places in tertiary institutions, it may help to alleviate the pressure."

She has however warned that before it can be successfully implemented, the move needs more consultation.

The program is expected to help more than 5,000 Western Cape learners who had not passed Grade 11 last year, but were promoted to Grade 12.