Almost 80% of matriculants benefit from social grants

Written by Midweek. Posted in Regular

Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - Thousands of child support grant beneficiaries including those in Klerksdorp, will get a chance to break away from the cycle of poverty, when they enter institutions of higher learning, thanks to government’s social protection interventions and their good matric performance.

Out of 534 484 learners who sat for 2017 Matric examination, 417 239 were social grant bene-ficiaries, representing 78% of all matriculants, who wrote the exams.

Of the 401 435 learners who passed, 234 707 received social grants, making it 59% of learners who passed Grade 12.

A total of 66 597 social grant beneficiaries who passed the 2017 Matric exams obtained bachelors pass, which gains them entry into tertiary education.

In addition, 44% of the social grant beneficiaries can gain entry into colleges and universities of technology.

Some of the learners who received services at a household level included children from Child Headed Households, as well as poor and vulnerable learners on the Isibindi Programme, which provides care, protection and developmental support to vulnerable children and families.