SA Schooling Period Increased To 25 Years, A Hoax?


Don’t panic, SA schooling period hasn’t been increased to 25 years.

The Department of Basic Education today, dismissed the circulating reports claiming that SA schooling period will be increased from 12 years to 25 years.

The reports claimed that the Department of Basic education confirmed that the schooling period will be increased.

Citing the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga as source, the reports related that Motshekga said 12 years is not enough and that 13 more years will be added to the schooling period come next year.

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One of such reports said: “this is how the 13 extra years will be divided – 2 more years will be added before grade 1, one of which will be grade R. 11 more grades will be added after grade 12, meaning that classes will now go up to grade 23, and then people can go to Universities.

This means that people will from now on spend more than 28 years learning, if you add varsity years.”

Basic Education dismissed and distanced itself from the “hoax news report which has been circulated on social media platforms.”

In a media statement, Basic Education minister said: “the Department of Basic Education can confirm that these reports are fake, misleading and do not represent any policy position of the South African Government especially the Department of Basic Education.

All official communication surrounding any policy changes on basic education will be communicated directly by the Department of Basic Education through its official channels,” it added.

Meanwhile, Basic Education is hosting a three-day PLAY conference at the Aviator Hotel, in Kempton Park.

The PLAY conference started on the 12th of July and will end on 14th July 2016.

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As learnt, the essence is to address the need for play-based learning in children from birth to nine years.

“The conferences will also focus on three main tracks: the importance of play for children; play-based learning in theory and practice, and the resources in developing a culture of play-based learning,” Basic Education related.