ANA test mix-up in KZN schools

2012-09-19 00:00

THERE was chaos in some schools in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday in the third Annual National Assessment (ANA).

Yesterday was the first day of ANA national exams and it was marked by confusion and chaos, with exam time delayed because some schools received Zulu papers instead of English.

However, the Education Department has hailed ANA as a success on its first day.

Some of the schools affected by delays were W.A. Lewitt, Regina, Suncrest, KwaQanda, Woodlands, Rosefern and Ridgeview primary schools.

Said a teacher who declined to be named: “We are extremely concerned about the poor organisation of these national tests because they impact negatively on the pupils and teachers alike.”

He said that his school received Zulu papers instead of English papers for the test.

“We were delayed by two hours to start the exams and this was bad for pupils because this creates unnecessary excitement and they end up performing poorly,” he said.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said it was concerned about the reported chaos.

IFP education spokesperson Alfred Mponthsane said in a statement yesterday: “We have received reports this morning that some teachers, arriving to collect their question papers at collection points, were told to drive several kilometres to different collection centres, poles apart.

The teachers had to drive several kilometres back to their schools, Mponthsane added, and “it now means that some pupils might only be able to write their assessment papers later today or not at all”.

KZN Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi denied there had been any chaos.

“We have 1,5 million pupils that we had to cater for in the exams and we believe that the department has done a good job in ensuring pupils do write their national papers,” Mahlambi said. He said a couple of schools had experienced problems with shortages of test papers.

He attributed this to chief invigilators who had failed to provide the department with accurate figures of candidates per school.

“If they give us wrong statistics then they receive incorrect number of exam papers,” he said.

He would not be drawn to comment on the mix-up of the question

papers.

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