School leaver’s certificate

High school plays an important role in the academic and social development of learners

Plans are in place to introduce the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) for school pupils who wish to leave school at the end of Grade 9 in 2017, however one major concern is that at the age of 15, learners are not yet intellectually, emotionally or physically mature enough to hold their own in society, let alone embark on a meaningful or successful career path.

These are just some of the developmental changes that occur between ages 15 and 18:

Intellectual development

  • Expand logic and reasoning abilities.
  • Their thinking now considers the future.
  • They become more intellectually advanced, enabling adults to engage in conversations with them.
  • They understand and consider other people’s points of views, and are more open to other perspectives and ideas.
  • Better logic and reasoning capability.

Social/Emotional development

  • Improved ability to recognize and deal with stress, anger, and sadness.
  • Better able to consider and take care of their own well-being.
  • They become more independent.
  • There is more awareness on the important of friendships and an increased loyalty
While there is an unacceptably high drop-out rate of almost 55%, of pupils in Grades 10, 11 and 12; learners need to understand the value of completing their schooling until Matric.

While a GETC certificate would enable learners to go and study further at a TVET College (technical vocational education and training).  While there is shortage of skilled artisans in South Africa, as we only produce 13,000 a year and need 40,000 - much more needs to be done to guide those learners into a technical or vocational pathway best suited to their individual career orientation.

Tips on understanding the most suitable career calling

  • Understanding individual interests – things you like to do.
  • Knowing specific skills – things you are naturally good at.
  • Recognising you personality type – are you more social or introverted 
  • Research industry and various careers – job shadow or spend a day with a professional in the career or interest.
  • Understand the requirements and qualifications for the career or interest.
  • Be realistic.

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