Media Release
Minister of Education Donald Grant
Western Cape

16 February, 2012

Western Cape 2011 Literacy and Numeracy Awards

Statement by Minister Donald Grant, Minister of Education, Western Cape

It is with great pleasure that I am here tonight to celebrate the achievements of schools that have produced excellent results and improvements in our Grade 3 and 6 literacy and numeracy assessments in 2011.

It is important that you are all acknowledged and celebrated as examples of best practice in the Western Cape and I would like to congratulate you all.

These tests are important to the Western Cape as they inform our literacy and numeracy interventions, and improve the management of education and learner performance.

They also give us the opportunity to assess where our learners' abilities lie. As the Western Cape Government our objective is to ensure quality within the system. Quality is usually benchmarked against international best practice and therefore it is imperative that these tests are in line with internationally recognized standards.

As a successful nation we need to empower our young people to compete in the global market.

There is no better place to start than in building quality into the education system.

Many of you are aware that last years' testing was different to the testing in previous years in that we saw a number of improvements in the testing instruments, particularly in the literacy and language papers. The reason for this was to ensure that these tests remain relevant, of an appropriate standard, and in line with the curriculum and the changing school system in which our schools operate.

The Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) was tasked to assess and evaluate these tests and identified various areas that needed to be expanded or improved upon.

Significant changes were made to the Grade 3 Literacy and Grade 6 Language tests, where the CEA felt it was necessary to expand the tests, as well as increase their levels of difficulty so that they are in line with international experience and best practice.

In numeracy and mathematics, the CEA made only minor changes to the test instruments, making the papers slightly more difficult than before.

The relevance of these improvements should not go unnoticed when we consider tonight's award winners. Many of the schools here tonight achieved excellent results in both literacy and numeracy - with some schools achieving 100% pass rates in some of the subjects.

Special mention must be made to some of the schools present here tonight, such as Rustenberg Girls Junior for achieving a 100% pass rate in both Grade 3 numeracy and Grade 6 literacy, Oakhurst Girls Primary for achieving 100% in both Grade 3 and Grade 6 literacy and languages, and Paarl Meisieskool with 100% in both Grade 3 literacy and numeracy.

Congratulations to Breeriver Laerskool in the Cape Winelands, albeit a small school, and Springfield Convent, who both achieved a 100% pass rate in both Grade 3 literacy and numeracy and in Grade 6 language and mathematics!

If we consider the extensive expertise and experience in system level evaluation and assessment the CEA offers and that the 2011 test instruments are in line with international systemic evaluations, results such as these are most noteworthy. Also noteworthy are the real improvements achieved at schools not yet at the 100% level. This was no easy task.

The reality is that we have here in the Western Cape, as we do in other schools across the country, schools that face enormous challenges, whether inherited from the past or the result of the context in which they function.

The WCED continues to support these schools through various interventions and programmes. Our primary objective is to see sustained improvement at these schools.

We are not expecting miracles. What is important is that we see growth and consolidation. Even the slightest of improvements in results to a struggling school is a victory within itself.

I am so proud to honour some of these schools here tonight.

Not only have some of these schools achieved sustained growth in the last few years, they have done so quite dramatically!

For example, at Rocklands Primary, in Mitchells Plain, Grade 3 learners achieved an 87% pass rate in numeracy in 2011. This compared to a 30% pass rate just 3 years prior.

At Charleston Hill Primary in Paarl, learners increased their Grade 3 numeracy results from 17.6% in 2008, to 32.3% in 2010, to 56.4% in 2011. Similarly, Tyholora Primary in Paarl increased their results from 17.5% in 2008 to 35.1% in 2010 to 57.6% last year.

If these schools continue along this trajectory I can't wait to see what they achieve this year!

But with any kind of success or improvement in education, there is always a story to tell. And in most cases it involves the concept of "hard work" and "team work".

I was privileged today to get the chance to visit Cavalleria Primere in Kraaifontein. This school is receiving an award here tonight. They achieved a 44.7% pass rate in Grade 3 numeracy in 2011.

If one considers that in 2008 they achieved 2.9%, the reality of what they have achieved is staggering. Moving from 2.9% to 15.8% in 2010 and then 44.7% reveals their sustained growth.

The message I get from Mr Carolissen and his team and from many of the other high performing and improving schools in this province is that if we want to make education better - we have to all put in the hard work and we have to all do it together.

Recently, the Western Cape Government launched its new brand and logo - which is BETTER TOGETHER.

I believe that we can make education BETTER TOGETHER if we all fulfill the roles that we are supposed to play.

As the WCED we are responsible for providing the relevant resources, texts, and support you need in order to help you improve the quality of your educators and improve learner outcomes.

It is then your responsibility to ensure that you utilize what you have been given fully, and that your educators take advantage of the training courses on offer so that we can improve the quality of learner outcomes.

One example of how we can all work BETTER TOGETHER in education is the recent delivery of millions of workbooks, textbooks and readers in the province to help assist you in improving you learners' literacy and numeracy skills.

As a Government we have delivered them - now it is up to you, the schools, to utilize them fully. Encourage your learners to take full advantage of them. I saw first-hand at Welgemoed Primary and at Cavalleria Primary today just how excited their learners are with these new books. So please, make them part of your everyday classroom schedule.

If we all stick to our side of the bargain, and work as a team, we can certainly make education BETTER TOGETHER!

I would like to end off by personally thanking all our principals and SGB members present. We appreciate and value your leadership and management in our schools.

Our educators and curriculum advisors in your schools have also done us very proud and we congratulate them for their learner's achievements.

Congratulations and thank-you to you all.

With that said, let us continue with tonight's proceedings!

Thank-you.

WESTERN CAPE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
LITERACY AND NUMERACY AWARDS 2011
CATEGORIES OF AWARDS

In terms of the 2011 Grades 3, 6 Literacy / Language and Numeracy / Mathematics results, awards to schools are allocated in the following categories:

CATEGORY: IMPROVEMENT IN NUMERACY PERFORMANCE IN GRADE 3 AND GRADE 6

All awardees in the Improvement categories will receive a certificate as well as a monetary incentive of R20 000, 00 for the purchase of teaching and learning support material.

(a) Improvement in numeracy performance: Grade 3

In this category, awards are made to schools that have shown the greatest improvement in Numeracy at grade 3 level over the three testing periods, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Improvement is measured in terms of a combination of both pass rates and mean scores.

1. Farm and Multigrade Schools

SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT % Improvement
Nuystasie NGK
PrimÍre Skool
Ms S Karriem Cape Winelands 38.4
Hotomskloof PrimÍre Skool Mnr H Booysen Eden & Central Karoo 25.5
Monteith SSKV
PrimÍre Skool
Mev L Arnolds Overberg 9.6
De Neus SSKV
PrimÍre Skool
Me JC van Rhyn West Coast 39.0

2. Schools with an enrolment of 600 learners or more

SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT % Improvement
Parkvale PrimÍre Skool Mnr JA Liedeman Metro Central 28.0
Cavalleria PrimÍre Skool Mnr H Carolissen Metro East 28.1
Imbasa Primary School Mr CM Cweya Metro North 24.5
Rocklands Primary School Mr KR Pretorius Metro South 39.8
Charleston Hill
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr VE Parrott Cape Winelands 22.2
Tyholora Primary School Mr ME Ntentile Eden & Central Karoo 21.1
Botrivier PrimÍre Skool Mnr JBH Theron Overberg 25.8
Laurie Hugo
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr CR Rafferty West Coast 16.6

3. Schools with an enrolment of less than 600 learners

SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT % Improvement
Sokhanyo Primary School Mr TM Sithole Metro Central 30.5
No Award   Metro East  
Meulenhof PrimÍre Skool Mnr HJ van Wyk Metro North 27.8
Zeekoevlei Primary School Mrs EE Wyngaard Metro South 36.2
New Orleans
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr HF Adonis Cape Winelands 23.4
Matjiesfontein LB
PrimÍre Skool
Mev W Smith Eden & Central Karoo 38.0
HoŽrskool Barrydale Mnr RR Auret Overberg 25.2
Koekenaap VGK
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr JM Januarie West Coast 33.6

(b) Improvement in Mathematics performance: Grade 6

In this category, awards are made to schools (one per district) that have shown the greatest improvement in Mathematics at grade 6 level over the period 2009, 2010 and 2011. Improvement is measured in terms of a combination of both pass rates and mean scores.

1. Farm and Multigrade Schools

SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT % Improvement
H.M. Beets
PrimÍre Skool
Mev M Grove Cape Winelands 30.9
Palmietrivier VGK
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr BJ Beukes Eden & Central Karoo 21.1
Laerskool Jongensklip Me S Pienaar Overberg 17.8
Goedehoop PrimÍre Skool Mnr FJ Pieters West Coast 24.1

2. Schools with an enrolment of 600 learners or more

SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT % Improvement
Rosmead Central
Primary School
Mr KM Boyd Metro Central 20.5
Kuyasa Primary School Mr A Daniels Metro East 31.9
Enkululekweni PrimarySchool Mrs NA Tomose Metro North 24.9
Entshona Primary School Mrs GX Mahlaba Metro South 23.3
Victoriapark PrimÍre Skool Mnr R Titus Cape Winelands 21.0
Slangrivier PrimÍre Skool Mnr MA Pepper Eden & Central Karoo 15.6
Riviersonderend PrimÍre Skool Mnr JKO Duminy Overberg 19.3
Vooruitsig PrimÍre Skool Mr A Pietersen West Coast 16.7

3. Schools with an enrolment of less than 600 learners

SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT % Improvement
Regina Coeli RC
Primary School
Mr AD Meyer Metro Central 27.7
Kraaifontein AME
PrimÍre Skool
Mev Z Muller Metro East 9.3
Lawrensia PrimÍre Skool Mev ED Peters Metro North 17.0
Christian David Mor
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr MB Erasmus Metro South 26.4
Kromlin PrimÍre Skool Mnr JF Pieters Cape Winelands 19.0
Franken VGK
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr MP Carolus Eden & Central Karoo 20.1
Laerskool Buffeljagsrivier Mnr E Fritz Overberg 16.2
Chatsworth AME
PrimÍre Skool
Mnr EV Hendricks West Coast 11.6

CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN OUTCOMES

All awardees in the next categories will receive a certificate as well as a monetary incentive of R15 000, 00 for the purchase of teaching and learning support material.

Category (a)

OVERALL Excellence in Outcomes: Grades 3 and 6

In this category, awards are made to eight public schools (one school per district) where the combined performance at Grade 3 level in Literacy / Numeracy and Grade 6 level in Language / Mathematics in 2011 illustrates meritorious outcomes. Excellence in outcomes is measured in terms of a combination of both the pass rates and mean scores.

 
SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT Tot Ave%
Rustenburg Junior
School for Girl's
Mrs D Berry Metro Central 89.7
Laerskool De Hoop Mr JW Cillie Metro East 82.5
Laerskool Welgemoed Mnr J Engelbrecht Metro North 83.8
Sweet Valley
Primary School
Mr IG Ryan Metro South 84.7
Laerskool BreŽrivier Mnr PJ Smit Cape Winelands 89.9
Holy Cross Primary School (George) Mrs BJ Askew Eden & Central Karoo 82.1
Laerskool Gansbaai Mnr B v/der Merwe Overberg 76.0
Augsburg Landbou Gimnasium Mnr SJH Nel West Coast 80.4

Category (b)

Excellence of outcomes in LITERACY / LANGUAGE

In this category, awards are made to eight schools (one per district) where the combined performance at Grade 3 and Grade 6 level in Literacy / Language in 2011 illustrates meritorious outcomes. Excellence of outcomes is measured in terms of a combination of both the pass rates and mean scores. The winners in this category will exclude the winners in category 1(a).

 
SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT Tot Ave%
Oakhurst Girls'
Primary School
Mrs J van Velden Metro Central 91.1
Beaumont Primary School Mr GD Reddell Metro East 77.9
Edgemead Primary School Mr F van Vuuren Metro North 80.9
Kirstenhof Primary School Mr CG Barham Metro South 84.0
Rhenish Primary School Mr NA Pretorius Cape Winelands 86.1
Laerskool Wesbank Mnr AP Hanekom Eden & Central Karoo 77.3
Hermanus PrimÍre Skool Mnr J Cilliers Overberg 72.3
HoŽrskool Lutzville Mev M Lombaard West Coast 71.9

Category (c)

Excellence of outcomes in NUMERACY / MATHEMATICS

In this category, awards are made to eight schools (one per district) where the combined performance at Grades 3 and 6 in Numeracy / Mathematics in 2011 illustrates meritorious outcomes. Excellence of outcomes is measured in terms of a combination of both the pass rates and mean scores. The winners in this category exclude the winners in category 1(a) and 1(b).

 
SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT Tot Ave%
Rondebosch Boys'
Preparatory School
Mr AS Ryan Metro Central 87.9
Laerskool Hendrik Louw Mnr L Brown Metro East 81.2
Kenridge Primary School Mrs SR Smith Metro North 84.2
Bergvliet Primary School Ms LSL de Beer Metro South 86.5
HoŽr Meisieskool Paarl Mev R Colyn Cape Winelands 85.3
Plettenberg Bay
Primary School
Mr H Bester Eden & Central Karoo 78.3
Laerskool Swellendam Mnr FC Liebenberg Overberg 76.4
Laerskool Vredendal Mnr JM Moon West Coast 81,1

All awardees in the next Categories will receive a certificate as well as a monetary incentive of R10 000, 00 for the purchase of teaching and learning support material.

Category (d)

Excellence in Outcomes at Grade 3 level for schools that do not have Grade 6

In this category, an award is presented to ONE school in the province where the combined performance at Grade 3 level in Literacy and Numeracy combined in 2011 illustrates meritorious outcomes. Excellence of outcomes is measured in terms of a combination of both the pass rates and mean scores.

 
SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT Tot Ave%
Voorbereidingskool Durbanville Mnr RJ Nortier Metro North 82.0

Category (e)

Excellence in Outcomes at Grade 6 level for schools that do not have Grade 3

In this category, an award is presented to ONE school in the province where the combined performance at Grade 6 level in Language and Mathematics in 2011 illustrates meritorious outcomes. Excellence of outcomes is measured in terms of a combination of both the pass rates and mean scores.

 
SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT Tot Ave%
Laerskool Durbanville Mnr JC Swart Metro North 76.8

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Category (f)

Overall Excellence of outcomes in Numeracy and Literacy in Grades 3 and 6

In this category, an award is presented to ONE independent school in the province where the combined performance at Grades 3 and 6 level in Numeracy and Literacy in 2011 illustrates meritorious outcomes. Excellence of outcomes is measured in terms of a combination of both the pass rates and mean scores.

 
SCHOOL NAME PRINCIPAL DISTRICT Tot Ave%
Springfield Convent of the Holy Rosary Ms Dunn Metro South 90.7

For enquiries, contact Bronagh Casey:  072 724 1422 or brcasey@pgwc.gov.za.


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