SAIRR: schools in a dire state

2012-12-13 00:00

THE results of the 2012 Annual National Assessment (ANA) confirm that basic education in SA is in a dire state, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

However, the institute said, without the disaggregated results broken down by school, district and province to contextualise the assessments, the true extent of the problem could not be adequately gauged.

SAIRR researcher Jonathan Snyman said the institute had written to Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to ask her to make the disaggregated results of this year’s ANA available for further analysis.

“The institute acknowledges that while the ANA is in itself a massive undertaking, the results tell us little about what the problems actually are, without revealing how individual schools and districts performed,” Snyman explained.

He said that without access to the disaggregated results, it was impossible to tell whether the educational system had indeed become more equitable.

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