Mathematical classes are not the most favourite amongst learners and students at education institutions. However, most of us take it for granted that we are able to count and perform basic calculations without the use of a calculator. We need these skills to fulfil certain simple tasks in society such as purchasing items. Some people in South Africa do not have these maths skills and are in dire need of education and training. But before a person can learn to count and calculate, they must also be able to read and write. The Adult Basic Education and Training programme that was rolled out by government in association with SETA’s aims to eliminate the problem of illiteracy and the lack of mathematical skills in the country.