Kids fail because of ‘automatic progression’ delay
Experts and parents sharply divided over department’s deferred plan to let grades 1 and 2 pass no matter what
Thousands of pupils who failed grades 1 to 3 have been denied the chance of being pushed through next year because of government’s delay in implementing the “automatic progression” policy.
Most pupils would have received their report cards on Tuesday.
Basic education director-general Mathanzima Mweli told parliament on November 17 that the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) took a decision last year not to allow pupils in the foundation phase to repeat any longer...