Basil Kivedo MPP
DA Western Cape Spokesperson for Education:
Yesterday, 17 February 2015, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) honoured the province’s top school achievers and improvements in the 2014 LITNUM systemic tests. The tests in Language and Mathematics are conducted each year in Grades 3, 6 and 9.
The DA is in full support if these systemic tests as they determine the levels of our learners’ Language and Mathematics abilities in order for the WCED to target and assist schools in improving their outcomes. We are especially pleased with the LITNUM tests conducted in the Western Cape as the tests are set, administered and evaluated by independent service providers to obtain a reliable and credible benchmark for learner performance.
Again, the WCED displays through proactive measures that they are most certainly committed to providing quality education and not simply chasing numbers as other provinces have become accustomed to.
The DA commends the WCED on delivering quality education to the learners of the Western Cape through improving the management of education and learner performance, both at district and school level. More importantly, we congratulate the 66 schools who received awards for achievement and improvement in the 2014 LITNUM tests, especially Wallacedene Primary School in Kraaifontein.
According to the WCED, “An analysis of the overall 2014 results indicates that the levels of language and mathematics are improving in the Western Cape, with only a minor decrease in Grade 3 Mathematics and a parallel result for Grade 9 language compared to last year. The biggest improvements were in Grade 3 and 6 Language results. Grade 3 Language increased by 5.4% and Grade 6 Language increased by 8.4%”. Acknowledging that there is always space for improvement, the DA celebrates the achievements of the WCED and honours the exemplary school achievers and improvements in the 2014 Western Cape school Awards for Language and Mathematics. We look forward to an even bigger percentage with more significant qualitative implications next year.