Media Release
Minister of Education Donald Grant
Western Cape

26 February, 2013

Western Cape rewards the province's top adult learners.

Speech by Minister Donald Grant - Western Cape Education Minister
at the 2012 Language and Mathematics awards - Western Cape - De Hoop PS

The Acting Head of Education - Mr John Lyners
District Directors and officials responsible for ABET Curriculum and ABET Institutional Management and Governance
ABET Board Members
ABET Partners: officials from Department of Correctional Services, Adult Learning Forum, Transport and Public Works, Social Development, Community Safety, Health, and Unions
ABET Centre Managers, teachers and learners
Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening to you all.

I am delighted to be here to celebrate the achievements of our ABET learners and centres in the 2012 ABET Level 4 examinations.

This is the last of our big award ceremonies at the start of each school year. I have been present at the NSC awards, the FET awards and the Language and Mathematics Awards over the last few weeks and it seems appropriate to be closing with our adult learners!

It has been a rewarding period for us in the WCED following the results we have achieved in all areas. Tonight will be no different.

In the language and mathematics tests for Grade 3, 6 and 9 we have seen improvements in every Grade tested, in the NSC we saw the highest number of passes and learners qualifying for Bachelor Degree study; and, achieved the highest percentage pass rates in both Mathematics and Physical Science. We also saw the number of underperforming schools decrease further. In the FET exams we surpassed all of the Department of Higher Education's targets for 2012.

In each of these areas I have seen and met some amazing candidates, educators and principals who have done this province proud and tonight I get to meet some more.

I have always said and strongly believe that learning is a lifelong commitment, and we are proud of our adult learners who have made use of the opportunities that are on offer by the WCED through our Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) centres, and whose achievements we will rightly celebrate tonight.

For many adult learners, the 113 adult learning centres we have in this province have become an integral part of their communities. Here adults can obtain their General Education and Training Certificate (GETC): ABET qualification, which allows adult learners the opportunity to access further education and training, career development and employment opportunities.

This enables our adult learners to contribute positively to the development of their community and the Western Cape economy.

There is certainly growth in the adult learning area. In the 2012 examinations we saw an increase in the numbers registering to write the ABET exams. A total of 3 987 candidates registered for one or more learning areas compared to the 3 343 candidates in 2011.

The number of learning area entries also increased. In 2012 there was a total of 16 987 learning area entries, compared to 14 149 in 2011 and 9 551 in 2010.

I am pleased that the most popular learning areas for our adult learners include Mathematical Literacy, and Languages - two areas that this Government is determined to improve and promote. Travel and Tourism was also a popular subject. Tourism is a key area for the Western Cape economy, therefore an area in which we need skilled labour.

In the final results, candidates performed exceptionally well in the two new learning areas introduced this year - Information and Communication Technology (85%) and Early Childhood Development (94.7%). The pass rate in Life Orientation increased from 71.1% in 2011 to 81.1% in 2012.

In the November examinations candidates sat down to write 12 234 learning areas.

I am delighted that in 2012 we achieved the highest number of learning area passes, with 7 677 learning area passes compared to 6 762 in 2011 and 5 451 in 2010.

Therefore 915 more learning area passes were achieved by candidates than in the previous year - opening up further opportunities for these adult learners.

Many of these candidates have achieved these results in very difficult conditions. With examinations such as this, which are in the area of adult basic education, adult learners are not subject to a compulsory and structured programme as we have in our public schools. Attendance is not compulsory or monitored and learners are required to do a significant amount of work by themselves because many of them have to prioritise other work or family commitments before their studies.

So I would like to congratulate each and every candidate who passed, especially those people who we will celebrate tonight.

A very warm welcome back to our eldest candidate - 80 year old Mr Lindele Malgas, who achieved passes in three learning areas.

I would like to congratulate the family of the late Regien Vissies, who was the oldest candidate to obtain a full GETC at one sitting in 2012. Unfortunately she passed away in January this year at the age of 59 years. Her family can certainly be proud of her achievements.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank the individual ABET centres which have achieved great success. You have provided such encouragement, hope and opportunities to so many adult learners that pass through your doors each day.

Centre's like Elsies River CLC which registered more than 47 candidates in 6 learning areas, with a pass rate of more than 90% in 4 learning areas and Goodwood Correctional Services with a 100% pass rate in 4 of their 6 learning areas. The B.E.S.T. centre in Salt River increased their number of candidates from 126 in 2010 to 237 in 2012 with a pass rate of above 90%.

I sincerely hope that all these centres and the candidates present here tonight will continue to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them by this government and that many doors will open to a brighter future as a result of their hard work and commitment.

By providing adult education and training opportunities we are making the lives of our adult citizens BETTER TOGETHER.


Western Cape Education Department

Adult Education Awards

26 February 2013

CATEGORIES, CRITERIA AND AWARDEES FOR 2012 ABET LEVEL 4 AWARDS

A.   CANDIDATE CATEGORIES

In each category the candidates will receive a certificate and R2 000 each for books and study fees.

Category 1: Excellent achievement in specific academic learning areas (Fundamentals and Core)

Top candidate(s) in the following learning areas with a minimum of 80% achieved per learning area: (maximum of 1 per learning area for Public centres and 1 per learning area for private centres, including Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and City of Cape Town:

No Learning Area Public learning Centre Private Centre
1 LLC: English Asanela Langeni
Samora Machel CLC
92% (276/300)
Ashref Vally
Goodwood Correctional Services
90% (271/300)
2 TGK: Afrikaans Ilze Pietersen
Matie Community Services
97% (291/300)
Wyne Potter
Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Services
98% (295/300)
3 LLC: isiXhosa Xoliswa Mzongwana
Samora Machel CLC
87% (260/300)
 
4 Mathematical Literacy Sarmarntha Moyo
Zanokhanyo CLC
99% (298/300)
Klaase Bertram
Voorberg Correctional Services
100% (300/300)
Jacobus Thiart
Goodwood Correctional Services
100% (300/300)
5 Life Orientation (Compulsory core learning area) Babalwa Mkhulu
Mooreesburg CLC
98% (294/300)
Wyne Potter
Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Services
98% (295/300)
Yonela Poswayo
Bloekombos CLC
98% (294/300)

Category 2: Excellent achievement in the Electives

Top candidate(s) in the following learning areas with a minimum of 80% achieved per learning area: (maximum of 1 per learning area for Public centres and 1 per learning area for private centres, including DCS and City of Cape Town:

No Learning Area Public learning Centre Private Centre
1 Ancillary Health Care Sarmarntha Moyo
Zanokhanyo CLC
87% (262/300)
 
2 Natural Sciences   Jacobus Thiart
Goodwood Correctional Services
93% (279/300)
3 Small Medium and Micro Enterprises Lindelwa Tshotyana
Phakamani ALC
96% (288/300)
Adrian Meyer
Brandvlei Correctional Services
96% (287/300)
4 Travel and Tourism Fatai Owoade
Wellington CLC
87% (261/300)
Thando Gwampi
George Correctional Services
86% (258/300)

Category 3: Oldest candidate to achieve the Full Qualification:

Oldest candidate obtaining a full GETC at one sitting in the June and/or November 2012 assessment.

No Learner details Achievement
1 Regien Vissies
George CLC (59 yrs.)
She passed away on 01 January 2013.
The certificate will be handed to the Centre.
Obtained the GETC

Afrikaans 175/300
Ancillary Health Care 149/300
Life Orientation 177/300
Mathematical Literacy 129/300
Travel And Tourism 147/300

2 John Mitchell
Overberg CLC (52 yrs.)
Afrikaans 208/300
Mathematical Literacy 165/300
Life Orientation 219/300
Small Medium & Micro Enterprises 182/300
Travel And Tourism 169/300

Category 4: Oldest ABET learner in 2012

Oldest candidate who wrote the June and/or November 2012 ABET Level 4 examinations and passed at least one Learning Area.

No Learner details Achievement
1 Lindela Malgas (80 years)
Isibani CLC
The candidate was awarded in 2011 in this category. In the 2012 examination he passed three learning areas.
Life Orientation (154/300)
Small Medium and Macro enterprises (143/300)
Ancillary Health Care (130/300)
2 In addition to the above award, we have also identified another deserving candidate; she is 65 years old and passed two learning areas.

Doortjie Steyn
Siyafuna ukufunda CLC

Ancillary Health Care (122/300)
Life Orientation (165/300)

B:   CENTRE CATEGORIES

Centres will receive a certificate and R 4 000 in each category for the purchase of Learning and Teaching Support Material for the centre.

Category 1: Excellent centre achievement overall:

Centres that offered opportunities and achieved excellence in the November 2012 assessment.

Criteria includes

  • Centres that offered 6 or more learning areas during the assessment period.
  • Registered 15 or more candidates per learning area in 3 or more learning areas.
  • Turnout rate of 70% or more in all learning areas.
  • Pass rates of 80% or more in 3 learning areas (minimum) and above 70% pass rates in the rest of the learning areas (to a maximum of 6 learning areas overall)
  • Consistency in numbers registered from 2010 to 2012.

Maximum of 3 awards to Public centres and 1 from private centres, including DCS and City of Cape Town.

No Public learning Centre Private Centre
1 B.E.S.T. Centre
Registered 34 or more candidates in 6 learning areas. More than 90% turnout rate in all learning areas. Pass rate of 90% in 4 learning areas.
Goodwood Correctional Services
Registered 16 or more candidates in 6 learning areas. More than 90% turnout rate in all learning areas. 100% pass rate in 4 learning areas.
2 Elsies River CLC
Registered 47 or more candidates in 6 learning areas. More than 80% turn out rate in all learning areas. Pass rate of more than 90% in 4 learning areas.
 
3 No award  

Category 2: Centres that have increased their numbers writing and passing

Centres that have increased the number of candidates that wrote the ABET level 4 examinations over the period 2010 -2012 and also experienced an increase in the pass rate.

Maximum of 3 awards to Public centres and 1 from private centres, including DCS and City of Cape Town

No Public learning Centre Private Centre
1 B.E.S.T Centre
Increased the number of candidates writing the ABET level 4 examinations from 126 in 2010 to 237 in 2012 while achieving a pass rate of above 90% in 2012.
Voorberg Correctional Services
Increased the number of candidates writing the ABET level 4 examinations from 97 in 2010 to 154 in 2012 while achieving a pass rate of 91% in 2012.
2 Elsies River
Increased the number of candidates writing the ABET level 4 examinations from 366 in 2010 to 455 in 2012 and achieving a pass rate of 83% in 2012.
 
3 No award  

Category 3: Excellent centre achievement in academic learning areas (Fundamentals and Core)

Top 3 public centres and the top from private centres, including DCS and City of Cape Town based on number of entries, turnout rate and pass rate (look at numbers as well as pass %), and quality of passes in each of the following learning areas:

No Learning Area Public learning Centre Private Centre
1 LLC: English Capricon CLC
Registered 39 candidates, 28 wrote and 23 passed, 82% pass rate
Voorberg Correctional Services
21 candidates registered, 20 wrote, 16 passed and 80% pass rate.
No award  
No award  
2 TGK: Afrikaans Elsies River
59 registered, 57 wrote and 56 passed, 95% pass rate.
Malmesbury New Prison
27 registered, 27 wrote and all passed, 100% pass rate.
Oudtshoorn CLC
49 registered, 43 wrote and 37 passed, 86% pass rate.
 
Matie Community services
36 registered, 29 wrote and 28 passed, 97% pass rate.
 
3 LLC: isiXhosa Mkhangeli ALC
Registered 47 candidates, 38 wrote and 34 passed, 89% pass rate.
Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Services
17 registered candidates, 14 wrote and 13 passed, 93%.
Zwelihle ALC
Registered 38 candidates, 32 wrote and 30 passed, 94% pass rate.
 
No award  
4 Mathematical Literacy B.E.S.T Centre
Registered 34 candidates, 34 wrote and 30 passed, 88% pass rate.
Malmesbury New Prison
Registered 35 candidates, 35 candidates wrote and 33 passed, 94% pass rate.
Klein Karoo school of skills
Registered 20 candidates, 19 wrote and 16 passed, 84% pass rate.
 
No award  
5 Life Orientation (Compulsory core learning area) BEST Centre
Registered 35, 34 wrote and 33 passed, 97% pass rate.
Drakenstein Correctional Services
Registered 60, 56 wrote and 55 passed, 98% pass rate.
Robertson CLC
Registered 42, 32 wrote and 31 passed, 97% pass rate.
 
Elsies River CLC
Registered 109, 99 wrote and 93 passed, 94% pass rate.
 

Category 4: Excellent centre achievement in the Electives

The top public centre and the top for private centres, including DCS and City of Cape Town based on number of entries, turnout rate and pass rate (look at numbers as well as %), quality of passes in each of the following learning areas:

No Learning Area Public learning Centre Private Centre
1 Ancillary Health Care Zanokhanyo CLC
46 candidates registered, 44 wrote and 36 passed, 82% pass rate.
City of Cape Town
24 candidates registered, 18 wrote and 16 passed, 89% pass rate.
Boland College
16 candidates registered, 15 wrote and 12 passed, 80% pass rate.
 
No award  
2 Natural Sciences   Malmesbury New Prison
34 candidates registered, 22 wrote and 22 passed, 100% pass rate.
3 Small Medium and Micro Enterprises Elsies CLC
Registered 47, 40 wrote and 30 passed, 75% pass rate.
Brandvlei Correctional Services
Registered 21, 20 wrote and 17 passed, 85% pass rate.
Capricorn CLC
Registered 25, 20 wrote and 15 passed, 75% pass rate
 
No award  
4 Travel and Tourism Elsies River CLC
Registered 60, 52 wrote and 45 passed, 87% pass rate
Voorberg Correctional Services
Registered 24, 24 wrote and 23 passed, 96% pass rate
Die Duine CLC
Registered 24, 18 wrote and 18 passed, 100% pass rate
 
Olisfantsriver CLC
Registered 19, 19 wrote and 17 passed, 89% pass rate.
 

For enquiries, contact Bronagh Casey:  072 724 1422 or bronagh.casey@westerncape.gov.za.


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