Media Release
Minister of Education Donald Grant
Western Cape

29 February, 2012

Western Cape rewards the province's top adult learners

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

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 at the 2011 provincial ABET Awards.

For many adult learners, the ABET learning centres has become an integral part of their communities. Here they 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 them to contribute positively to the development of their community and the Western Cape economy.

Tonight we will be celebrating and giving awards to our province's top ABET learners and centres for their achievements in the November 2011 ABET Level 4 examinations.

In the Western Cape 103 Community Learning Centres (CLCs) registered candidates for the November 2011 ABET Level 4 examinations, including 10 Correctional Services institutions and a school of skills.

I am pleased that the number of candidates who enrolled in these examinations increased from that of the previous year.

In 2011 a total of 3343 candidates registered for one or more learning areas compared to the 2376 candidates registered in November 2010. The district with the highest number of enrolments was in Metro East, where 550 candidates registered. The highest number of candidates registered was in the age group 16-24 years.

The most popular learning area was Mathematical Literacy with 2667 candidates.

The ABET Level 4 examination commenced on 01 November 2011 and concluded on 21 November 2011. The marking process took place from 28 November 2011 to 2 December 2011.

The final results indicate that out of the 10 160 learning areas written, 6 762 achieved a pass mark. Therefore 66.6% of the learning areas that were written were passed.

Those that passed these examinations have now obtained various skills that could lead to future employment and economic opportunities.

One must consider that many of these candidates have achieved these personal triumphs 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.

Denise Wessels achieved 100% pass rate in both Life Orientation and Ancillary Health Care, Marlene Pool achieved 100% in the learning area of Afrikaans, and Nonzukiso Mpikwa for 100% pass rate in Travel and Tourism.

I would also like to congratulate 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.

The B.E.S.T. Centre in Salt River who registered more than 30 candidates in 7 learning areas, with a pass rate of more than 80% in all 7 learning areas or the Wellington CLC which increased their number of candidates writing the examinations from 84 in 2009, 522 in 2010 to 512 in 2011 while maintaining a pass rate of above 60%.

We are also very proud of the achievements of some of our oldeR candidates, the eldest being 79 year old Mr Lindele Malgas, who achieved passes in both English and Life Orientation.

The oldest candidate to obtain a full GETC at one sitting in 2011 with a 100% pass rate in afrikaans, was Sophia Sykes, who is 56 years of age.

I sincerely hope that all these candidates 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.

CRITERIA AND THE LIST OF AWARDEES FOR THE 2011 ABET LEVEL 4 AWARDS

A. CANDIDATE CATEGORIES

In each category the candidates will receive a certificate and R1500 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: (Award: 1 per learning area for Public centres and 1 per learning area for partners of the WCED, including Department of Correctional Services and City of Cape Town)

  Learning Area PLC Winner Partner Winner
1. LLC: English Veranique Groenewald
Kalkfontein CLC
280/300, 93.3%
Ricardo Ward
Obiqua Correctional Service
254/300, 85.0%
2. TGK: Afrikaans Marlene Pool
Matie Community Service
300/300, 100.0%

Sophia Sykes
Share CLC
300/300, 100,0%
Ricardo Ward
Obiqua Correctional Service
295/300, 98.3%
3. LLC: isiXhosa Nontobeko Zomba
Mkhangeli ALC
279/300, 93.0%
Micheal Naphakade
Helderstroom Maximum
269/300, 89,7%
4. Mathematical Literacy Michelle Adams
Life Changes CLC
300/300, 100.0%
Stanley Davids
Helderstroom Maximum
278/100, 93,0%
5. Life Orientation
(Compulsory core learning area)
Denise Wessels
Morgenster CLC
300/300, 100%
Clyton Gallant
Obiqua Correctional Service
287/300, 96.0%

Category 2: Excellent achievement in the Electives:

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

  Learning Area PLC Winner Partner Winner
1. Ancillary Health Care Denise Wessels
Morgenster CLC
300/300, 100.0%
Peter Hartnick
City of Cape Town
224/300, 75.0%
2. Natural Sciences Mitchell Gilliland
The Bult Youth Centre
192/300, 64.0%
Richard Du Toit
Malmesbury New Prison
275/300, 92.0%
3. Small Medium and Micro Enterprises Clement Van Wyk
Beaufort West & Karoo CLC
277/300, 93.3%
Novelle Cloete
City of Cape Town
288/300, 96.0%
4. Travel and Tourism Nonzukiso Mpikwa
Siyazama CLC
300/300, 100.0%
Peter Hartnick
City of Cape Town ALC
294/300, 98.0%

Category 3(a): Achievement in terms of Full Qualification:

Oldest candidate obtaining a full GETC at one sitting in November 2011 assessment.

  Learner details Achievement
  Sophia Sykes
56 years old
Share CLC
Passed GETC

Category 3(b): Oldest ABET learner in 2011:

Oldest candidate who wrote the June and/or November 2011 ABET Level 4 examinations and passed two Learning Areas.

  Learner details Achievement
  Lindele Malgas
79 years old.
Isibani CLC
Passed English and Life Orientation

B: CENTRE CATEGORIES

Centres will receive a certificate and R3000 in each category for the purchase of LTSM for the centre.

Category 1: Excellent centre achievement overall:

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

  • Centres that offered 6 or more learning areas during the assessment period.
  • Registered 10 or more candidates per learning area in 3 or more learning areas, the rest having at least 5 candidates registered per learning area.
  • Turnout rate of 70% or more in all learning areas.
  • Pass rates of 80% or more in 3 learning areas (minimum) and above 70% in the rest of the learning areas (to a maximum of 6 learning areas overall)
  • Consistency in numbers registered from 2009 to 2011.

Maximum of 3 awards to Public centres and 1 from partners of the WCED, including DCS and City of Cape Town:

  PUBLIC LEARNING CENTRE Winner Partner Winner
1. B.E.S.T. Centre
Registered more than 30 candidates in 7 learning areas. 100% turnout rates in 4 learning areas and 97% turnout rates in 3 learning areas. Pass rate of more than 80% in all 7 learning areas.
Helderstroom Maximum DCS
Registered more than 20 candidates in 6 learning areas. 100% turnout rate in all learning areas. Pass rate of more than 80% in all 7 learning areas.
2. Worcester CLC
Registered more than 20 candidates in 6 learning areas. Turnout rates for the learning areas were all above 70%. Pass rate of more than 80% in all learning areas.
 
3. Knysna CLC
Registered more than 20 candidates in 6 learning areas. Turnout rates for the learning areas were all above 70%. Pass rate of more than 80% in all learning areas.
 

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 2009 -2011 and also showed an increase in the pass rate.

Maximum of 3 awards to Public centres and 1 from partners of the WCED, including DCS and City of Cape Town:

  PLC Winner Partner Winner
1. Wellington CLC
Increased the number of candidates writing the learning areas in ABET level 4 examinations from 84 in 2009, 522 in 2010 to 512 in 2011 while maintaining a pass rate of above 60%.
City of Cape Town
Increased the number of candidates writing the learning areas in ABET level 4 examinations from 654 in 2009, 790 in 2010 to 824 in 2011 while maintaining the pass rate of above 60%.

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

In this category awards are allocated to the top 2 public centres and the top centre from partners of the WCED, including DCS and City of Cape Town based on the number of entries, turnout rate and pass rate. The winners in this category are:

  Learning Area PLC Winner Partner Winner
1. LLC: English Atlantis Volwasse Onderrig Sen

Registered 48 candidates, 20 wrote and 14 passed, 70% pass rate.
Malmesbury New Prison

34 candidates registered, 33 wrote and 30 passed, 88% pass rate.
2. TGK: Afrikaans George Hospital

20 registered, 19 wrote and 19 passed, 100% pass rate.
Malmesbury New Prison

24 registered, 24 wrote and all passed, 100% pass rate.

 
3. LLC: isiXhosa Wellington CLC

Registered 19 candidates, 11 wrote and 9 passed, 82% pass rate.
Helderstroom Maximum DCS

17 registered candidates, 17 wrote and 16 passed, 94%.
George Hospital

Registered 13 candidates, 9 wrote and 9 passed, 100% pass rate.
 
4. Mathematical Literacy Atlantis Volwasse Onderrig Sen

Registered 51 candidates, 21 wrote and 13 passed, 62% pass rate.
Malmesbury New Prison

Registered 35 candidates, 35 candidates wrote and 29 passed, 83% pass rate.
George Hospital

Registered 41 candidates, 38 wrote and 23 passed, 61% pass rate.
 
5. Life Orientation
(Compulsory core learning area)
Atlantis Volwasse Onderrig Sen

Registered 41, 15 wrote and 15 passed, 100% pass rate.
Malmesbury New Prison

Registered 34, 33 wrote and 29 passed, 88% pass rate.
Wellington CLC

Registered 67, 50 wrote and 40 passed, 80% pass rate.
 

Category 4: Excellent centre achievement in the Electives:

Awards are allocated to the top public centre and the top centre for partners of the WCED, including DCS and City of Cape Town based on number of entries, turnout rate, pass rate AND quality of passes in each of the following learning areas:

  Learning Area PLC Winner Partner Winner
1. Ancillary Health Care
(2 WINNERS)
George Hospital

49 candidates registered, 39 wrote and 29 passed, 74% pass rate.
 
Ikhwezi ALC

16 candidates registered, 11 wrote and 8 passed, 73% pass rate.
 
2. Natural Sciences Delft South (Only centre obtained an award for Natural Sciences)

Registered 13, 11 wrote and 07 passed, 64% pass rate.
 
3. Small Medium and Micro Enterprises
( 3 winners)
George Hospital

Registered 29, 20 wrote and 16 passed, 80% pass rate.
City of Cape Town

Registered 49, 44 wrote and 33 passed, 75% pass rate.
Elsies River CLC

Registered 48, 38 wrote and 28 passed, 74% pass rate
 
Ikhwezi ALC

Registered 30, 22 wrote and 16 passed, 73% pass rate.
 
4. Travel and Tourism
(3 winners)
George Hospital

Registered 27, 17 wrote and 14 passed, 82% pass rate
City of Cape Town

Registered 88, 73 wrote and 68 passed, 93% pass rate
Ikhwezi CLC

Registered 24, 22 wrote and 16 passed, 73% pass rate
 
Delf South CLC

Registered 22, 20 wrote and 16 passed, 80% pass rate
 

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


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