Dlamini hails social-grant bachelor’s passes success
THOUSANDS of students who depend on the government’s social grants are now eligible to further their studies after passing their National Senior Certificate exams, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said yesterday.
“Despite the conditions of our vulnerable children, 41 percent managed to receive a bachelor’s pass, which gives them entry for any tertiary education. The majority of the learners who obtained a bachelor’s pass were from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng,” Dlamini said.
“These results are very important because they show that 83 percent of the grant recipients are eligible to further their studies for either a diploma or a degree. This information is vital particularly for NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) as these students should automatically qualify for funding to further their studies at institutions of higher learning.”
Dlamini said that following the removal of the means test”for financial aid eligibility, there should be no hindrance for poor students when they pursue their chosen careers.
Of the 674 620 full-time learners who were registered for the National Senior Certificate last year, 188 758 were social grant beneficiaries, she said.
“Out of this total, 178 411 grant beneficiaries actually wrote their exams – which is 95 percent (of the 188 758). This suggests that over 10 000 dropped before sitting for their final exams. We commit to investigating reasons for this dropout.
“I’m very pleased to announce that the girl child continues to take all the opportunities given to her by government. We want to report that 112 409 of the total number of social grant learners who wrote matric were female and they live in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Of most concerning to us is that 66 002 were boys.”
Every month, the Department of Social Development, through its agency – the South African Social Security Agency – distributes over R11 billion in social grants to the “most vulnerable and poor” across South Africa.
“Every month, more than 12 million children receive social grants. This is the investment that the taxpayer, through the South African government, is making in the future of the children,” said Dlamini.
FOR THE CHILDREN: Bathabile Dlamini