ABET or Matric training as an adult

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.
The 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.

If you are an adult and would like to complete your basic education CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DOCUMENT WITH LIST OF ABET CENTRES or visit your provincial website to find an Abet centre near you.
For more information on the provincial government’s ABET initiatives, contact:
Andre Damon
Tel: 021 467 2606
Fax: 021 467 9385