SACEE – Border Branch

National Language Challenge and Puzzle Parade

In 1991 the Border branch of SACEE initiated the National Language Challenge. The competition was introduced in order to provide an English language benchmarking service to schools and over the past 24 years it has expanded into a national initiative serving schools in all 9 provinces of South Africa.

The Border branch of SACEE is entirely responsible for the setting of the papers, all the administrative work involved in the running of the competition and the marking and distribution of the results of each year’s competitions.

2019 SACEE PUZZLE PARADE AND LANGUAGE CHALLENGE REPORT 

For the past 28 years the SACEE National Language Challenge has provided an English Language bench-marking service to schools for grades 1 to 11. With entries from all 9 provinces of South Africa it reaches a wide range of schools.

In 2019 there was a slight increase in the number of schools that entered which then increased the number of learners who participated. However, at the time of compiling the report 6 schools had not submitted their results.

 

2019

2018

No. of Participants

31 563

29 478

Grade 1 – 3 Puzzle Parade

52 schools

49 schools

Grade 4 – 7 Language Challenge

62 schools

56 schools

Grade 8 – 11 Language Challenge

32 schools

26 schools

Below please find the 2019 results with a comparison to the 2018 results.

                                                                   GRADE

2018

NO. OF LEARNERS

2019

NO. OF LEARNERS

2018 NATIONAL

AVERAGE

2019 NATIONAL AVERAGE

2018 HIGHEST

SCORE

2019 HIGHEST SCORE

1

2870

3104

67,80%

71.04%

54 x 100%

111 x 100%

2

2948

3205

69,92%

74.64%

36 x 100%

61 x 100%

3

2945

3181

77,48%

78.26%

39 x 100%

57 x 100%

4

3372

3445

54,09%

49.53%

98%

90%

5

3050

3429

63,08%

57.13%

98%

97%

6

3269

3473

59,83%

59.09%

97%

97%

7

3284

3143

66,07%

63.61%

100%

99%

8

2138

2574

62,42%

52.89%

94%

93%

9

2042

2338

66,14%

56.33%

96%

95%

10

1804

1819

64,52%

55.44%

97%

94%

11

1756

1852

67,52%

58.52%

99%

100%

TOTAL

29 478

31 563

 

 

 

 

The full list of prizewinners click here.

Special mention should be made of the following schools and learners:

  • Kamaya Maharaj from Star College High School Durban who achieved an amazing 100% in the Grade 11 Language Challenge.
  • Luke de Villers from Bridgehouse who has been a prizewinner in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Language Challenges.
  • Brownwyn Wilson from Hudson Park Primary School who came 1st overall in her age group for two years in a row.
  • Kayla Marnitz from Stirling High School who was a prizewinner in both 2018 and 2019.
  • Montrose Primary School where 23 learners achieved 100% in the Grade 1 Puzzle Parade.
  • Hudson Park Primary School with two 1st place prizewinners (Grade 6 and Grade 7).

These learners and schools should all be commended for their excellence and noteworthy performance.

We would like to thank all principals, teachers and learners from the schools which participated this year. We trust that you will find the results informative and useful in benchmarking your school’s English Language proficiency against National norms and averages, and, for those schools which have participated in the past, plotting and measuring your progress against previous years.

We encourage all schools to recognize their top performing learners, particularly those who achieved outstanding results. Attached with the report, please find a template for a certificate that can be used to award your top scorers.  

Please note that only the overall top three learners (including tied places) in Grades 4 – 11 are awarded a cash prize.

We ask all schools with prize winners to complete page 4 and send us their banking details by return email so that we can transfer the prize winner’s cash prize into your school account. We would appreciate it if you could award the prize winners their relevant amounts.

Lisa van Tonder

Co-Ordinator: SACEE Language Challenges and Puzzle Parades. 

 

 


 

For more information please email sacee@telkomsa.net