Sadtu says no to teaching

2014-10-05 08:00

A quarter of a million of South Africa’s teachers want Annual National Assessment tests used to measure pupils’ ­numeracy and literacy scrapped.

This is because, according to them, these ­assessments are used to “blame” teachers for pupils’ poor performance.

The rejection of the test – aimed at ­improving learning and teaching – was outlined in the secretariat report of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), which was discussed at the union’s congress on Gauteng’s East Rand this week.

“The purpose of the Annual National Assessment defeats the type of society that is envisaged in the Constitution – that is, creating analytical and critical thinkers,” Sadtu said in the report, which City Press has seen.

“Instead of being a diagnostic tool to help schools improve teaching and learning, the ... tests are used to label schools, placing the blame of poor performance at the door of teachers.”

In the report, South Africa’s biggest teacher union, representing more than 254 000 of the country’s approximately 446 000 teachers, reiterated its rejection of:

»?A biometric system to monitor teacher attendance.

»?Competency tests for matric script markers.

» The move to declare education an essential service that would prevent teachers from being able to go on strike.

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