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)

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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.  

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