Grades R - 9

Description:
School is compulsory from the beginning of the year in which the learner turns seven until the end of Grade 9 or of the year in which the learner turns 15 (whichever comes first). This stage is called General Education and Training, and it falls into three phases:
  • The Foundation Phase (Grade R to 3).
  • The Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 to 6).
  • The Senior Phase (Grades 7 to 9).

FOUNDATION PHASE

This phase focuses on literacy, numeracy and life skills. In Grade 3, learners start to learn an additional language.

INTERMEDIATE PHASE

This phase focuses on five learning programmes:

  • Language, literacy and communication.
  • Mathematical literacy, mathematics and mathematical sciences.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Life orientation and human, social, environmental and management sciences.
  • Natural sciences and technology.

SENIOR PHASE

During this phase, learners have to master:

  • Language, literacy and communication.
  • Mathematical literacy, mathematics and mathematical sciences.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Life orientation.
  • Human and social sciences.
  • Economic management sciences.
  • Natural sciences.
  • Technology.

Learners who successfully complete Grade 9 receive a GET certificate, which is Level 1 on the NQF.

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 28 August 2013