Thursday, October 25, 2012

Higher Education South Africa & CAT

Dear CAT teachers

You want the latest info re designated subjects and CAT - get out your tissues and then read. My comments are withheld. This mail was sent to me. I have removed info re the writer.

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From: Abbey Mathekga <>
Date: 25 October 2012 08:17


Thank you for your enquiry.

The minimum admission requirement policy document for higher certificate, diploma and degree programmes requiring NSC of August 2005 and revised May 2008 enjoins HESA to review the designated subjects list after three years. HESA has accordingly embarked on the this review and research was conducted the paper was presented at the various conferences and it was further fine tuned and consulted with various stakeholders and HESA sub committees before it was presented to HESA Board. The general findings were that whilst there are merits and demerits of placing some subjects on the designated list, decisive action cannot be taken until the throughput data of learners who took designated subjects has completed degree studies. In other words, we still need to get the data of students who completed degree studies with NSC in order to analyze this data and make sense of who passed with designated subjects and those who did not. This empirical evidence will help HESA determine whether designated subjects are required or not. We expect this data to be available from Department of Higher Education and Training by 2014 and changes could be made by 2015.


Mr. Abbey Mathekga

Friday, October 19, 2012

Study Opportunities’ CAT Grade 10 Papers November

Study Opportunities' CAT Grade 10 Papers November

(I am referring to the Study Opportunities textbook.)

Practical Paper (Paper 1): 3 hours, 150 marks


·         Word Processing – Section 3 (Modules 3.1 to 3.7)

·         Spreadsheets – Section 4 (Modules 4.1 to 4.4)

·         Presentations – only Module 5.1, but Navigation during a slide show (Pages 329 – 333) can be left out

·         Integration and templates – Module 7.1

Theory Paper (Paper 2): 2 hours, 120 marks


·         System Technologies and Implications – Section 1 (Modules 1.1 to 1.8)

·         Network and Internet Technologies – Section 2 (Modules 2.1 to 2.5)

·         Case Studies – Module 7.3

·         Theory questions on practical work:  ± 8 marks.