During a matric award ceremony at the newly built Chief Albert Luthuli school in Dayveton, Motshekga said the first five years of a child's education played a role in determining its future.
"Foundation phase is the solution to great results. I'm glad Gauteng is looking at the foundation phase," said Motshekga. Motshekga said that she was pleased with the effort the Gauteng province was making to ensure that the foundation phase of education was being attended to, as well as taking on a high number of progressed learners – that is those who have failed Grade 11 twice and were pushed to Grade 12 as well as those too old to be retained in the school system.
"Statistics have shown that when a learner gets to Grade 10 we lose 30 percent of them in the system, they fall off," said the national minister of basic education.
"Failing children repeatedly discourages them. Gauteng took a huge amount of progressed learners and around 60% of them managed to pull through."