1. Introduction

The national Minister of Education announced, in Government Gazette No. 29851 of 30 April 2007, amendments to the pass requirements for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and to the programme for phasing in these revised requirements.

2. Amendments to NSC pass requirements
2.1 In order to obtain an NSC, a candidate must achieve a minimum of 40% in three subjects, one of which must be an official language at the Home Language level. The remaining two subjects that must be passed with a minimum of 40% can be any of the other subjects that the candidate offers.
2.2 The above amendment means that candidates do not necessarily have to pass Life Orientation with 40%, but could pass this subject with at least 30%. Life Orientation could however count as one of the three subjects that require a minimum of 40%.
2.3 The candidate must also achieve a pass mark of at least 30% in at least three other subjects.
2.4 A candidate must offer a minimum of seven subjects to qualify for an NSC. In order for a subject to be considered 'offered', the candidate must comply with all aspects of the CASS requirements.
3. Amendments to NSC subject requirements
3.1 A candidate may not offer both Computer Applications Technology and Information Technology.
3.2 A candidate may not offer both Consumer Studies and Hospitality Studies.
4. Amendments to programme for phasing in new NSC requirements
4.1 In order to accommodate candidates who are already in the NSC programme, the requirements under 3.1 and 3.2 above will be applicable to the Grade 10 enrolment only from 1 January 2008.
4.2 All of the new requirements under paragraph 3 above will not be applicable to candidates enrolled in Grade 10 in 2006 and 2007, Grade 11 in 2007 and 2008, and Grade 12 in 2008 and 2009.
5. Principals are kindly requested to inform all teachers, learners and parents of the contents of this circular.

DATE: 2007:06:18

Government Gazette No. 29851  (size: 81 KB)