Motshekga played us like a yoyo - teachers' union

2015-10-14 16:38
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban – President of the National Teachers Union [Natu], Sthe Ngema, said on Wednesday Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga played the union "like a yoyo".

Speaking at a media briefing in Durban, the union addressed the controversial writing of the Annual National Assessments (ANAs), which will be administered between December 1 and 4.

Ngcobo said, “We objected to the minister for openly going to the media and announcing that the ANAs would be written this year because we felt that she was playing us like a yoyo”.

He said proper consultative processes had not been followed.

“We agreed on different things and then she made a different decision that the ANAs would be written in December.

“That is a confused state of affairs,” said Ngcobo.  

Solutions to the minister

According to the Department of Basic Education's website, the ANAs are standardised national assessments for languages and mathematics in the senior phases grades 7 to 9, intermediate phase grades 4 to 6 as well as for literacy and numeracy for the foundation phase grades 1 to 3.

Initially it was agreed that the ANAs would be administered in January 2016. However, Motshekga announced last month that the tests would be administered in December.  

“Natu had raised issues of concern with the minister, telling her that we had a problem with the manner in which the ANAs were being administered. We also provided solutions to the minister.

“We found ourselves agreeing with the minister that the tests should be postponed to next year [2016]. The minister through her spokesperson then made a statement in the media that the ANAs would be written this year," said Ngcobo.

“As Natu, we told them that we have a problem [with it] being written on those dates because the timing is not right to write the exams.

“Learners would have just completed their year-end exams and they will be exhausted and teachers... will be marking and processing the marks,” said Ngcobo.  

Read more on:    natu  |  angie motshekga  |  durban  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.