ANA tests to be written in December - Motshekga

2015-09-18 10:47
Angie Motshekga addresses the media in Pretoria. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Angie Motshekga addresses the media in Pretoria. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Pretoria - The Annual National Assessments (ANA) will be written in December this year, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday.

Last week it was announced that the ANA would be postponed until February after teacher unions complained, sparking a wave of criticism from opposition parties.

"Even though we raised the possibility of writing ANA in February, CEM [Council of Education Ministers] felt very strongly that it would be in the best interest of the learners and the administration if it is written this year," Motshekga told reporters in Pretoria.

"All MECs expressed confidence that their schools were ready to administer ANA and that the postponement to next year would negatively affect them."

The ANA would be written from December 1 to 4.

She said Education MECs raised concerns over the conduct of teacher unions and their attempts to undermine the ANA programme.

Motshekga said the assessments were a yard stick by which the system was measured and could not be tampered with in a haphazard and unco-ordinated manner.

It was a tool which was developed with the academic community.

The CEM has spent five years assessing ANA.

"We have a pretty good sense of where the problems are," Motshekga said.

A task team was being set up to look into the administrative, frequency and other concerns regarding ANA which were raised by unions.

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