ADULT AWARD CEREMONY FOR 2006       
Mr Ron Swartz, SG of the WCED, hands over an award to Ms Shireen Hart of Atlantis Volwasse Onderwys Sentrum. Photo credit: Riedewaan Larney

The WCED presented awards to adult learners and learning centres that achieved excellent results in the ABET Level 4 and Senior Certificate examinations of 2006. The improved levels of learner participation in the 2006 assessment were also rewarded at a special ceremony at the Cape Teaching Institute in Kuils River on Thursday night (22 March 2007).

The keynote speaker for the occasion was Mr Swartz, Superintendent-General of the Western Cape Education Department. In his keynote address he emphasized the Western Cape Education department’s commitment to a quality education to adult learners. He also expressed the gratitude of the department that more learners are registering for the Senior Certificate and more learners are successful in it.

Both learners and centres received awards for achievements in the ABET level 4 examination and Senior Certificate examination. The learners received a certificate and learning and teaching material to the value of R1000. Centres received a certificate and learning and teaching material to the value of R2000.

ABET level 4 examination

The WCED presented awards to individual learners who wrote ABET Level 4 assessments (Both June and October 2006 assessment), in five categories, namely:

* Achievers in specific learning area categories

* Most senior candidates passing an ABET Level 4 assessment

* The top three candidates who passed eight learning areas in October 2006

* Special awards for learners who wrote three or more learning areas, but not obtaining a GETC.

The WCED presented awards to adult learning centres that entered candidates for ABET Level 4 assessments, in four categories:

* Excellence according to a set of criteria

* The top centres for specific learning areas, and

* Centres that have shown the greatest improvement in adult learner participation.

The most senior ABET level 4 learner, born on 17 August 1934 (72 years of age) was Adam Jacobus Marais. He attended Eureka Adult Centre, a satellite of Elsies River Community Learning Centre, that operates in the Adriaanse Library in Elsies River. He started half way through the year in 2005 at this centre. In 2005 he had passed Human and Social Sciences as well as Ancillary Health Care. In the October 2006 examination he passed Afrikaans, English, Mathematical Literacy, Natural Sciences and Economic and Management Sciences.

The second most senior ABET level 4 learner was Margareth De Jongh, 72, from Atlantis Adult Learning Centre. She was born on 8 November 1934.

Centres that offered opportunities and achieved excellence in 2006 assessments were:

  • Voorberg Adult Learning Centre, in Porterville (EMDC West Coast/Winelands) offered 9 learning areas in the October 2006 assessment. They achieved an 80% or more pass rate (distinctions) in 6 learning areas and between 70 and 79% pass rates ('merit') in three learning areas. This was achieved by also increasing their numbers from 23 in 2004 to 23 in 2005 to 29 in 2006, an increase of 6 learners in two years.
  • Forest Heights Community Learning Centre, in Eerste River (EMDC East) offered 13 learning areas in the October 2006 assessment. They achieved an 80% or more pass rate (distinctions) in 7 learning areas and between 70 and 79% pass rates ('merit') in two learning areas. This was achieved by also increasing their numbers from 24 in 2004 to 38 in 2005 to 40 in 2006, an increase of 16 learners in two years.

The WCED presented the following award to centres that reflected the greatest increase in participation over the period 2004 – 2006. Centres needed to demonstrate an increase in the numbers of candidates participating in at least 4 learning areas, two of which had to be Languages and Mathematical Literacy. They needed to also demonstrate a satisfactory turnout rate for examinations in at least four learning areas.

  • Drakenstein Adult Learning Centre, Paarl, EMDC West Coast Winelands
  • Worcester Community Learning Centre, Worcester,EMDC Breede River Overberg.

Senior Certificate: Awards for Public Adult Learning Centres

The department also presented awards to centres that achieved excellent results in the 2006 Senior Certificate exams, in two categories:

* Excellence in three subjects from a specific list, and

* Top centres for specific subjects.

Excellence in terms of three subjects from a specified list

  • Malmesbury Adult Learning Centre, Malmesbury (West Coast Winelands EMDC): average of 98.95% for the top three subjects and two A or B symbols in the three subjects.
  • Portland Community Learning Centre, Mitchells Plain, (EMDC South Metropole): 97.1% average for the top three subjects and two A or B symbols in the three subjects.
  • Atlantis Volwasse Onderwys Sentrum (AVOS), Atlantis, EMDC North Metropole: 94.6% average for the top three subjects and five A or B symbols in the three subjects.

Top Centres for Specific Subjects

English First Language Higher Grade - Grassy Park Community Learning Centre, EMDC South Metropole 

Afrikaans First Language Higher Grade - Sarepta Community Learning Centre, EMDC North Metropole

isiXhosa First Language Higher Grade - Isibane Adult Learning Centre, EMDC North Metropole

Contributor: Christopher Hanson - Acting Senior Curriculum Planner for ABET Assessment.