NYDA to give matrics second chance

2011-01-12 17:36

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.

  • archilito - 2011-01-12 17:52

    Is this your sollution ?

  • CeeCee - 2011-01-12 18:13

    What next. Do parents realise that the SA matric certificate is not fully recognised internationaly since the late 90s. - standard has dropped too low. Not the case in Namibia, Botswana. Where is this going to end? No wonder the law society is complaining about the lack of basic skills with which law graduates enter the profession. Or, coming from an old-school GP - SA is producing doctors that know less than what nurses used to know. This this perhaps why we have to start importing medical staff.

  • logical007 - 2011-01-12 18:19

    Are needy white kids included in this funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme - white kids that really did well and passed with marks higher than 50%????

  • Peter - 2011-01-12 18:27

    Well anybody who fail matric at its current level must be a bigger idiot than Malema... you must obviously have an IQ of -34 to fail matric, but than that is just more less than the majority of the AA/EEE candidates in this country who has an IQ of -32 and was put through by UCANOTLOOSY

  • Anonymous - 2011-01-12 18:33

    2012, what a joke. Just shut up Lungisano. We failed now and what am I supposed to do for the whole year. Oh I will volonteer and do house to house campaign for the ANC

  • Anonymous - 2011-01-12 18:51

    Andile should just shut up. What will these kids be doing the whole year.Campaigning for the ANC, door to door

  • Spoofed - 2011-01-13 09:48

    I passed matric in 2002 and I was offended with my english exam. They asked things like, ''what do you call jewelery that you wear on your arm and around your neck'' etc. It was a joke. So i can only imagine how easy 2011 exams were. Why do they still fail? cos they rather sit en suip at the shebeens and toi toi in the streets... Study and you will get good marks. Why must these kids be spoonfed everything? And the excuse that they aren't being taught in their mother language is a k@k story. I wasn't either! and i passed above the grade point average. The kids are becoming lazy cos the government wants them to be!

  • Nkanyezana - 2011-01-14 10:00

    which areas in kzn are targeted for this benefit and who are the contact people?

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