Progress through skills

Paarl School of Skills

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To accomplish the vision, Paarl School of Skills strives to:
Create an environment where effective learning takes place, optimally utilising all available resources.

With discipline, pride and mutual respect as cornerstones of the environment, educate and train our learners to proudly accept and take up their rightful place in society and in the economy of our country.


Learners with special educational needs need special assistance. Paarl School of Skills strives to help learners with barriers to learning, by using programmes to minimize or diminish those barriers.

Our school

Paarl School of Skills is a special school and was established in January 2001 and officially opened in October 2005 by Dr. M. J. Theron, director of special education. The first principal was Mr. K.A. Melthafa and in 2001 the current principal, Mr S. Matiwane, was appointed. The school can accommodate 300 learners between the ages of 14 and 17.
The school offers academic and vocational/technical skills programmes for learners who are mild/moderately intellectually challenged. The school offers a school of skills curriculum. The learners receive training for period of 4 years. Learners also participate in various sport and cultural codes/activities which include: soccer, rugby, netball, basketball, cross country, cricket and cheerleading.

School governance
The school is run by an elected School Governing Body. The school is a public school of skills which is run by the provincial Western Cape Education Department under the National Department of Education in South Africa

Age intake
Learners are admitted to the school when they turn 14 years. The school programme runs for a period of 4 years. Learners are referred to the school via the District office and WCED.

Language medium
Instruction is given in both Afrikaans and English as needs be. The IsiXhosa speaking learners are also introduced to Afrikaans and English instruction.

Academic standards
The school follows the National Curriculum Statements (NCS), the adapted Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) for the Schools of Skills.

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