Tests for juniors

2011-02-01 00:00

PRIMARY school might not be as easy a ride for South African children as it has been in the past. The testing of numeracy and literacy levels for pupils at primary school level will for the first time be treated as seriously as the matric exams.

Starting next week, all children who were in grades 1 through to 6 in 2010 will write the annual national assessments (ANA). This means all pupils in each of these grades will write the same test. ANA tests are also written by 10th graders, who are tested for the work done while in grade 9.

While the ANA tests have been around for about three years, it is the first time that schools will be required to fetch the papers on the morning of the exam.

Department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said the tests are aimed at improving the pupil’s performance in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy, as these are the “foundation for academic success”.

“The National Department is setting the ANA to establish at what levels learners are performing in 2011 … These ANA will give the department a tool to benchmark against which we can measure future performance.”

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