Pupils can’t do writing and ‘rithmetic, tests find

2014-12-04 15:24

South African pupils’ numeracy and literacy levels are still far below the required standards, the Annual National Assessments (ANA) results have revealed.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga released this year’s ANAs at the Muzomuhle Primary School in Diepsloot today.

Motshekga introduced the assessments in 2011 to test pupils’ maths and literacy competency. For the first time this year, the tests were administered to all pupils between grades 1 and 9. Previously, only grades 3, 6 and 9 were assessed.

Pupils’ scripts show that those in the intermediate phase – grades 4 to 6 – find it “difficult to correctly answer questions in Mathematics that involve ‘words or high text problems’”, Motshekga said in a statement after unveiling the results.

These pupils battle to display the necessary problem solving skills, she said.

“This learning gap continues to extend itself into the senior phase (grades 7 to 9) where learners are not able to solve problems involving algebraic manipulation and Euclidean geometry and as a result do not score well in the ANA tests,” she said.

Results (% denotes overall pass mark)

Grade 1: 68.4%; Grade 2: 61.8%; Grade 3: 55.4%; Grade 4: 37.3%; Grade 5: 37.3%; Grade 6: 43% and Grade 9: 10.8%.

The average performance in each of the grades in Home Languages at a national level is as follows:

Grade 1: 63.2%; Grade 2: 61.1%; Grade 3: 56.2%; Grade 4: 56.5%; Grade 5: 57.1%; Grade 6: 62.7% and Grade 9: 48.3%.

The average performance in grades 4, 5, 6, and 9 in First Additional Language at a national level is as follows:

Grade 4: 41%;

Grade 5: 46.7%;

Grade 6:45.4% and

Grade 9: 34.4%.

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