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Introducing General Education Certificate for South African Students


TechInAfrica – To keep up with the ever-advancing technology growth, students of the modern age must also be properly equipped with the corresponding skills and qualifications. This idea prepares them to take the helm when their respective successors are unable to progress further—mainly due to the staggering effects of aging. Furthermore, as we all know, technical talent (especially in developing countries of Africa) is a blunt problem that hinders the growth of local startups and multinational tech companies. If proper education is implemented since childhood, such problems can be addressed accordingly.

One of the manifestations of making a sustainable education scene in Africa, is the notion to introduce General Education Certificate (GEC) for South African students, in which learners completing the 9th grade will be presented with the referred qualification certificate. However, this idea is still in motion, and it is expected to be finalized by the end of 2019.

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Tourism minister of South Africa, spoke of this on Wednesday’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations. Kubayi-Ngubane also asserted that this notion is a part of the South African’s government plan; Three-Stream Model, in which it’s originally designed to address to the country’s high drop out rate. She also admitted that the potential flaw in today’s curriculum is located in the method favoring the learners who are ‘academically inclined’. This, in return, would constrict those with gifts in the vocational and occupational sector.

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane via

The Three-Stream Model, however, promotes both three sectors—academic, vocational, as well as occupational—in which it recognizes their respective talents and would eventually guide to a better scene for each of them to develop themselves in. No gifts are better than the other—and this is signified by the government initiative; offering students with various backgrounds to reach their potentials.

I completely agree on this one. We shouldn’t limit anybody’s potential just because it doesn’t align with our initial goal—contrarily, we should let them accept and develop their correlating gifts so that they would enjoy their future careers.



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