Education and Training for Adults (ABET)


Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is available to adults who want to finish their basic education. An outcomes-based programme, ABET aims to provide basic learning tools, knowledge and skills, and provides participants with nationally recognised qualifications.

There are an estimated 3.3 million illiterate adults in South Africa.

Adult EducationThe four levels of ABET training are equivalent to Grades R to 9.

ABET includes training in:

  • language, literacy and communication
  • mathematical literacy, mathematics and mathematical sciences
  • natural science
  • arts and culture
  • life orientation
  • technology
  • human and social science
  • economic and management science.

Learners can also choose to take courses in:

  • small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)
  • wholesale and retail
  • travel and tourism
  • applied agriculture
  • early childhood development
  • ancillary health care.

ABET programmes are overseen by the Western Cape Education Department. 


There are ABET centres in each of the eight Education Districts. Contact the District AET Manager in your area to find out which courses are available.

Detailed information on ABET qualifications and curriculum is available on the WCED ABET Assessment website.

ABET centreFor more information on the provincial government's ABET initiatives, contact:

Andre Damon
Tel: 021 467 2606
Fax: 021 467 9385

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Government Body: (Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 4 September 2014