1. Introduction
1.1 A key focus of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills.
1.2 All assessment for Level 1 will be done at the site of learning. This should consist mostly of formative assessment that will assist learners in a developmental manner.
1.3 The WCED will support the assessment of Levels 2 and 3 in 2005.
1.3.1 Level 2 will focus on the fundamentals: Language, Literacy and Communication and Numeracy.
1.3.2 Level 3 will focus on the fundamentals: Language, Literacy and Communication and Mathematics.

2. Site-based assessment (SBA)
2.1 The site-based assessment component constitutes 80% of the total mark for Levels 2 and 3. All evidence from SBA must be placed in a portfolio and handed to the EMDC curriculum adviser for moderation.
2.2 The learner portfolio should contain a minimum of four items.

3. External assessment
3.1 The external assessment for Level 2 will be in the form of a common task for assessment (CTA).
3.1.1 This CTA will consist of a variety of tasks that can be carried out at the learnerís own pace during the period 10 October to 28 October 2005.
3.1.2 The CTA will constitute 20% of the total marks for Level 2.
3.1.3 The theme for the CTA will be "Participation as a responsible citizen in my community".  The unit standards and outcomes used for setting the CTA are provided in Addendum A.
3.2 An externally set common examination will be conducted for Level 3.
3.2.1 The unit standards and specific outcomes used in setting the examination are provided in Addendum A.
3.2.2 The examination for Level 3 constitutes 20% of the final mark.
3.2.3 This examination must be internally administered and marked. The EMDC officials will moderate the final marks.
3.3 Centres will be responsible for providing learners with a report at the end of the learning programme.
3.4 The WCED will provide statements of results to all qualifying learners in 2006.

4. Kindly bring the contents of this circular to the notice of all concerned.


SIGNED: D.R. SHEPHERD
HEAD: EDUCATION
DATE: 2005:04:04

Addendum A  (size: 14 KB)