1. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) introduced an Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) in 2015 to strengthen reading and comprehension in the Foundation Phase. This assessment is conducted by the class teacher and has a diagnostic purpose. It should not be used for the progression and promotion of learners.
2. In 2015 the EGRA programme was rolled out by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in 96 schools (Phase 1). The programme was extended in 2016 to 103 more schools (Phase 2).
3. Phase 3 will be implemented in 2018.
4. This minute serves to notify schools that achieved less than 60% in the 2016 Grade 3 systemic assessment for Language, that they will be included in Phase 3 of the programme.
5. EGRA training for Phase 3 schools will take place during October 2017.
6. The duration of the training is approximately three hours. The departmental head and at least one teacher are required to attend the training. However, districts may choose to include more teachers.
7. District offices will communicate the dates and venues of the training in advance.
8. For any further information kindly contact the relevant district GET coordinator:

District Coordinator Tel. no. Email Fax. no.
Metro Central Avrille Morgendal 021 514 6770 anna.morgendal@westerncape.gov.za 086 236 1892
Metro East Benjamin Crombi 021 900 7051 benjamin.crombi@westerncape.gov.za 086 556 9519
Metro North Malefo Makena 021 938 3104 malefo.makena@westerncape.gov.za 086 628 6008
Metro South Lorraine Bailey 021 370 2041 lorraine.bailey@westerncape.gov.za 086 764 1912
Cape Winelands Edgar Johannes 023 348 0605 edgar.johannes@westerncape.gov.za 086 531 0476
Eden and Central Karoo Nelmarie Kriel 023 415 2070
044 803 8300
cornelie.kriel@westerncape.gov.za 086 678 7171
Overberg Lynn le Grange 028 214 7378 lynn.legrange@westerncape.gov.za 028 214 7400
West Coast Ursula Esau 021 900 7051 ursula.esau@westerncape.gov.za 086 562 3907
9. Principals are requested to bring this minute to the attention of all Grade 13 teachers.


SIGNED: PAD BEETS
DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT
DATE: 2017:07:24