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Grade 12 Exams and Memos, CAPS Textbooks, Mind the Gap Textbooks and CAPS Documents

Gr. 12 Exams and Memos

Grade 12 Exams and Memos are tests specifically created for the FET phase by the Department of Basic Education. With exams from 2014 and 2015. We continue to update the exams for grade 12. Memorandums are included with each exam at the end of the papers. English Home Language, English First Additional Language, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Business Studies, Civil Technology, Computer Applications Technology (CAT) Consumer Studies, Dance Studies, Design, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Electrical Technology, Engineering Graphics And Design, Geography, History, Hospitality Studies, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mechanical Technology, Music, Physical Sciences - Chemistry, Physical Sciences - Physics, Religion Studies, Tourism and Visual Arts are included.

Gr. 12 CAPS Textbooks

The Department of Basic Education has committed to improving Mathematics and Physical Sciences of learners. To achieve this, the Department has produced a series of workbooks to help learners in Grade 12. Other CAPS textbooks also includes Maths Teacher’s Guides and Physical Sciences Teacher's Guide with more CAPS material and textbooks to be added as it comes available.

What are the textbooks?
Siyavula Education is a social enterprise launched in 2012 with capital and support from the PSG Group Limited and the Shuttleworth Foundation. The Everything Maths and Science series is one of the titles developed and openly released by Siyavula.

Everything Maths

Mathematics is commonly thought of as being about numbers but mathematics is actually a language! Mathematics is the language that nature speaks to us in. As we learn to understand and speak this language, we can discover many of nature’s secrets. Just as understanding someone’s language is necessary to learn more about them, mathematics is required to learn about all aspects of the world – whether it is physical sciences, life sciences or even finance and economics.

The great writers and poets of the world have the ability to draw on words and put them together in ways that can tell beautiful or inspiring stories. In a similar way, one can draw on mathematics to explain and create new things. Many of the modern technologies that have enriched our lives are greatly dependent on mathematics. DVDs, Google searches, bank cards with PIN numbers are just some examples. And just as words were not created specifically to tell a story but their existence enabled stories to be told, so the mathematics used to create these technologies was not developed for its own sake, but was available to be drawn on when the time for its application was right.

There is in fact not an area of life that is not affected by mathematics. Many of the most sought after careers depend on the use of mathematics. Civil engineers use mathematics to determine how to best design new structures; economists use mathematics to describe and predict how the economy will react to certain changes; investors use mathematics to price certain types of shares or calculate how risky particular investments are; software developers use mathematics for many of the algorithms (such as Google searches and data security) that make programmes useful.

But, even in our daily lives mathematics is everywhere – in our use of distance, time and money. Mathematics is even present in art, design and music as it informs proportions and musical tones. The greater our ability to understand mathematics, the greater our ability to appreciate beauty and everything in nature. Far from being just a cold and abstract discipline, mathematics embodies logic, symmetry, harmony and technological progress. More than any other language, mathematics is everywhere and universal in its application.

Everything Science

When we look outside at everything in nature, look around us at everything manufactured or look up at everything in space we cannot but be struck by the incredible diversity and complexity of life; so many things, that look so different, operating in such unique ways. The physical universe really contains incredible complexity.

Yet, what is even more remarkable than this seeming complexity is the fact that things in the physical universe are knowable. We can investigate them, analyse them and understand them. It is this ability to understand the physical universe that allows us to transform elements and make technological progress possible.

If we look back at some of the things that developed over the last century – space travel, advances in medicine, wireless communication (from television to mobile phones) and materials a thousand times stronger than steel – we see they are not the consequence of magic or some inexplicable phenomena. They were all developed through the study and systematic application of the physical sciences. So as we look forward at the 21st century and some of the problems of poverty, disease and pollution that face us, it is partly to the physical sciences we need to turn.

For however great these challenges seem, we know that the physical universe is knowable and that the dedicated study thereof can lead to the most remarkable advances. There can hardly be a more exciting challenge than laying bare the seeming complexity of the physical universe and working with the incredible diversity therein to develop products and services that add real quality to people’s lives.

Workbooks are distributed free of charge from the Best Education website and App.

Mind the GAP Textbooks

The Department of Basic Education has pleasure in releasing the second edition of
Mind the Gap study guides for Grade 12 learners. These study guides continue the innovative and committed attempt by the Department of Basic Education to improve the academic performance of Grade 12 candidates in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.

The Mind the Gap CAPS study guides take their brief in part from the 2013 National Diagnostic report on learner performance and draws on the 2014 Grade 12 Examination Guidelines. Each of the Mind the Gap study guides provides explanations of key terminology, simple explanations and examples of the types of questions that learners can expect to be asked in an exam. Marking memoranda are included to assist learners in building their understanding. Learners are also referred to specific questions in past national exam papers and examination memos.

The CAPS edition include Accounting, Economics, Geography, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy and Physical Sciences. The series is produced in both English and Afrikaans. There are also nine English First Additional Language study guides. They include EFAL Paper 1 (Language); EFAL Paper 3 (Writing); and a study guide for each of the Grade 12 prescribed literature set works.

CAPS Policy Documents


What is a National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement?

A National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement is a single, comprehensive, and concise policy document, which has replaced the Subject and Learning Area Statements, Learning Programme Guidelines and Subject Assessment Guidelines for all the subjects listed in the National Curriculum Statement for grade 12.

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