Afrikaans Exemption

Learners with immigrant status qualify for specific exemptions based on their grade.

Immigrant status may be granted to:

  • Learners who first enrolled in a South African school in Grade 7 or higher.
  • Learners who have attended schools outside SA for two or more consecutive years after Grade 6 before returning.
  • A child/dependent of a foreign diplomat accredited in SA.

The learner must have relevant documentation from Home Affairs (study permit if a parent is not an SA citizen) and official documentation from the first school attended in SA.

Grades 8 & 9:

  • Learners who qualify as “immigrants” must take Afrikaans/isiXhosa and complete all assessments but have the concession of not needing to achieve the 40% pass requirement. They must pass English with at least 30%, and if they achieve less than 30% in Afrikaans/isiXhosa, they must pass ALL their other subjects.

Grades 10-12:

  • Learners who qualify as “immigrants” may take another approved language (e.g., French at an external centre) OR another approved school subject (usually History) which is done with teacher assistance on a self-study basis.