Earlier this week, speaking at the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) ceremony which was held at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, the Gauteng MEC for Education and Youth Development, Panyaza Lesufi, said that his department would from 2020 focus on producing multi-certificated learners.

According to IOL News, Lesufi announced that a Grade 12 learner in Gauteng should have acquired 12 skills certificates by the time they leave school, he also added that the current education system was not skills-based, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) or fusion of technology was on high agenda.

“Gone are the days where learners must chase one certificate called matric. Our learners must be multi-certificated so that during their time at school they acquired many skills,” said Lesufi.

He goes on to explain that while he was not encouraging drop-outs, should a learner leave school before matric, they should possess something useful. For example he added that in Grade 1 to 3, all learners should have a certificate that shows that they know how to swim.

“Even if they can’t get that final certificate, at least they’ve got something that can assist them to survive so that they do not add to the queue of unemployed youth,” added the MEC.

Furthermore, the MEC says his department is in talks with three top construction companies to give learners a crash course in building and the construction industry.

“It is not a dream. The team is working on it and I have given them tight deadlines, actually some services are already piloted like the K53 licence,” concluded Lesufi.

[Source – IOL News] [Image – Randy Fath on Unsplash]