Higher Education wants to close the curtain on the Senior Certificate by 2023, allowing for the continuation of the National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) beyond this year. On the other hand, the Umalusi Council has raised its concerns about this plan.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has announced that it intends on doing away with the Senior Certificate by 2023, having engaged with the DBE on ensuring that it continues with the National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) being well established and operational, beyond 2023.
However, it has been said that the implementation of the NASCA in the second half of the year is not possible.
According to Higher Education, engagements with National Treasury have been concluded and unfunded mandates have also been submitted.
It has been reported that the amount required for this pilot implementation plan is R287.3 million.
In a statement, Higher Education detailed:
There is no negative impact on any student in terms of the delay of the implementation of the NASCA if the Senior Certificate still exists.
Umalusi Council chairperson, Prof John Volmink pointed out that due to the delays in the implementation and the lack of funding allocation, the pilot implementation plan would have to be revised.
It has been reported that many of the students in CET colleges are students who did not make it to mainstream schooling.
It is believed that a balancing act is much more needed as there are about 160 000 Senior Certificate students that would have to be absorbed in the NASCA should the Senior Certificate cease.
It is for this reason that it is advisable for the implementation of the Senior Certificate to be continued at least until 2025 because this will avoid affecting students due to the non-implementation of the NASCA.
Engagements will continue between the Higher Education and Basic Education, and an oversight committee has been established with Basic Education Committee.