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Vuk'uzenzele - - Education - No­luthando Motswai

ACHIEV­ING ma­tric is within reach of Western Cape adults who did not grad­u­ate high school.

If you are an adult liv­ing in the Western Cape and are think­ing of rewrit­ing your ma­tric, then 2018 might be your year.

The Western Cape Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is call­ing on older peo­ple to reg­is­ter for their senior cer­tifi­cate.

Reg­is­tra­tion opened on 1 Oc­to­ber and will close on 31 Jan­uary 2018. The senior cer­tifi­cate will be writ­ten in May/ June 2018.

The Western Cape Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Deb­bie Schäfer said learn­ers may reg­is­ter on­line on the Western Cape Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment web­site. She ex­plained that the Senior Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tion is based on the Na­tional Senior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) CAPS cur­ricu­lum, which is the same course con­tent cov­ered by the Grade 12 learn­ers in school.

In 2014, the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion re­vised re­quire­ments for the Senior Cer­tifi­cate (ma­tric) qual­i­fi­ca­tion for adults to bring it in line with the CAPS cur­ricu­lum. Can­di­dates writ­ing the amended Senior Cer­tifi­cate are ex­empt from school-based as­sess­ment (SBA), which means that the ex­am­i­na­tion in the sub­ject will con­sti­tute 100 per cent of the fi­nal mark.

She said adult learn­ers have eight months to pre­pare for the ex­ams and earn them­selves an im­por­tant school leav­ing cer­tifi­cate that can open many doors.

In 2017, al­most 20 000 can­di­dates reg­is­tered to write the 2016 Senior Cer­tifi­cate in May/ June.

“My of­fice is in­un­dated with queries from adult learn­ers wish­ing to com­plete their Senior Cer­tifi­cate qual­i­fi­ca­tion. It is en­cour­ag­ing that so many adults now wish to ob­tain their school leav­ing cer­tifi­cate.”

Adult learn­ers qual­ify to reg­is­ter for the Senior Cer­tifi­cate exam if they are 21 years or older and have one of the fol­low­ing:

• A Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Cer­tifi­cate for Adult Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion and

Train­ing; or

• A Grade 9 (Stan­dard 7) school re­port, stat­ing that they have passed Grade 9; or

A recog­nised equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tion ob­tained at NQF Level 1, which re­quires two of­fi­cial lan­guages.

In ex­cep­tional cases, youth who are 18 to 20 years old and who are not in school, can ap­ply to the Head of Ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince to write the ex­ams if they too have one of the above.

• The fol­low­ing learn­ers also qual­ify to reg­is­ter for the Senior Cer­tifi­cate ex­ams for adults: • Adult learn­ers who are 21 or older who have passed some sub­jects for a Senior Cer­tifi­cate or a NSC;

Adult learn­ers who need to com­plete a Senior Cer­tifi­cate qual­i­fi­ca­tion; and Adult learn­ers who have an in­com­plete NSC, and whose SBA has ex­pired. Can­di­dates who did the NSC in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 may ap­ply to reg­is­ter.

Ap­pli­ca­tions with sup­port­ing doc­u­ments and a mo­ti­va­tion can be sub­mit­ted to:

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