The plan, in all its glory, is a directive which will allow FET learners (grades 10 through 12) to fail only once.As I was reading this on News24, I was struck with a sort of just terror. You see, dear reader, I had jumped the gun somewhat, and was led to believe that a learner who fails more than once would be getting the old metaphorical boot.Well, then I went on to read the next paragraph:
“A second fail will mean that they will be passed automatically.”
If you read that and now have a sickening sense of dread and confusion, hold onto that; it means that you are sane.
It means that you don’t particularly enjoy the thought of living in a country inundated with incompetent failures spat out of school with the mindset of “I don’t need to work. I am entitled”.
But what does this actually mean to all of us?
Well, it doesn’t take a genius to imagine the consequences.
As parents, you can sit back and enjoy the thought of your hard-working little progeny being equaled by some lazy rapscallion, basking in the satisfaction of academic immunity. Sorry mom and dad, but if this was the case while I was still at school, I can’t say I would be too eager to work much.
As employers, you can drown in the fear of the knowledge that you won’t be able to tell whether you’re hiring a high school graduate or a high school drop-out lucky enough to be dropped out the wrong end.
As a taxpayer, you can brace yourself for the fiscal shit-storm this will generate. After all, you’re going to be paying for it.
Read the News24 article here.
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