Grade 9 a weak link, says Motshekga

2013-12-05 10:37
Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

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Pretoria - Grade 9 is the weak link in the education system, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday .

"From the results [of the annual national assessments], Grade 9 was the weak link, she said at the launch of the results for 2013 in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

The annual national assessments (ANA) had yielded valuable information on the state of education, she said.

"[The] ANA has also pointed to those areas [needing] urgent attention to improve performance."

At least seven million pupils had participated in the tests.

"Each year the assessments have generated useful information on the state of teaching and learning in our schools."

In September, she said the results would be used to monitor progress and guide planning and distribution of resources to help improve pupils' literacy and numeracy skills.

The assessments would not be used to determine whether pupils were promoted to the next grade.

"It is purely to measure the learners' progress with the curriculum and to establish the level at which they are performing, and the areas of the curriculum that teachers should concentrate on," she said at the time.

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