NYDA to give matrics second chance
Johannesburg - The National Youth Development Agency is fine tuning a plan to give 2 000 pupils who failed their matric exams a second chance, NYDA chairperson Andile Lungisa said on Wednesday.
"The project will specifically target young people who failed four or fewer subjects in the 2008 and 2009 matric exams, offer them tuition and learner support and prepare them to pass the NSC examinations in 2011," Lungisa said in a statement.
Unsuccessful matrics from 2010 and 2011 classes would be accommodated when the programme is rolled out nationally in 2012.
"Because this is still a pilot, we are only targeting young people who were unsuccessful during the 2008 and 2009 matric exams, who may not have been able to re-enter the schooling system since then," Lungisa said.
He encouraged pupils who failed in the 2010 exams to pursue options made available by government and other institutions including Further Education and Training colleges.
The project will be piloted with the help of Star Schools in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
Registration would start on January 22 until February 12 and tuition would start on February 19.
Preference would be given pupils who have failed fewer than four subjects including English, mathematics, physical science and accounting.
Lungisa commended President Jacob Zuma for his announcement that third year students registered at public universities, who qualify for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, would receive a loan equivalent to the full cost of study and living expenses.
He said the conversion of the loan for the final year to a full bursary for students who graduate was a positive step towards free higher education up to undergraduate level.
"For long, financially needy yet academically deserving students have been excluded from institutions of higher learning due to their inability to afford high costs of study," Lungisa said.