Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, wants learners in his province to obtain multiple certificates to end over-reliance on the Grade 12 certificate.
Lesufi said the Gauteng education department will be introducing a programme to ensure that learners receive some form of a certificate in every grade.
He said this on Thursday at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.
“This year we are introducing something that we call a multi-certificated learner. We believe in Gauteng that gone are the days when all our children must chase one certificate called matric...that when they fail matric they have not a single certificate to show,” he said.
Things are about change, said Lesufi.
“We are introducing a multi-certificated learner approach to ensure that in each and every grade a learner will receive a certain certificate so that it can reaffirm their short skills and then an opportunity. Even if they drop out of education, at least they have a survival skill,” the MEC said.
Last year Gauteng introduced a K53 drivers license programme for all Grade 11 learners.
The department of education together with energy company Sasol and tech institution Sci Bono launched a Mobile Science Laboratory to address shortages of hands Science at schools.
“When we were told you were bringing this car we were more than excited. We want to urge you not to end here and to continue to partner with us in other partnerships that we have developed with other institutions," said Lesufi.
He said the department is working with other institutions for pupils to learn technical skills such as repairing elevators.
“We are working very hard with other institutions that have come on board to teach our children about flying of drones, fixing of elevators and lifts, but most importantly the ability to install satellite dishes," the MEC said.
Chief Executive Officer of Sci Bono Discovery Centre, Dr More Chakane, told Newsnote that the country is not producing enough qualified scientists.
“Our country is desperately in need of skills in science and engineering. The Fourth industrial revolution ...when you look at it... at the heart of it is Science, yet in South Africa we are not producing enough of those people,” Chakane said.
“It is very important to avail other platforms and opportunities that will attract people into Science. How do we do that that,”? he asked.
“We know in the schools Science is done in a little bit of a boring way. You sit in the class, there are tests, but structures like Sci Bono avail the same things in the exciting way. You are playing and enjoying yourself, but at the same time you are learning and that changes the attitude of people to start loving Science.”
Sasol Vice President, Cindy Mogotsi, said the tech company fits in Sasol's plans to deliver quality education using science