Millions of pupils write assessment tests

2012-09-25 22:44

Johannesburg - The Annual National Assessment has been completed by about seven million pupils countrywide, the basic education department said on Tuesday.

The department said in a statement it was satisfied with preliminary report received on the testing process - notwithstanding a few problems of shortages and incorrect test papers being delivered to some schools.

"We are satisfied that where these incidents occurred, officials were swift to address them and learners were able to write the test."

All pupils in public schools and independent schools subsidised by government had to write the same grade-specific language and mathematics tests to measure their skill levels.

Children between Grades 1 and 6 and Grade 9 wrote the tests between 18 and 21 September.

The department said the language tests covered the home language and the first additional language.

Tests were being marked by teachers using departmental guidelines.

They would then be moderated by officials from various provincial departments to ensure similar standards were upheld.

"Learners in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District in the Northern Cape, where learning and teaching has been disrupted over the past few months, will write their ANA tests as soon as schooling returns to normal," the department said.

  • sagren.padayachie - 2012-09-26 06:21

    This is an absolute waste of money, the outcome is expected, BAD RESULTS, rather use the millions of rands on teacher further education. The only beneficiaries of this exercise is the printing industry.Good to know who was awarded the tender.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-09-26 06:38

    Well wishes to all our pupils in their tests and exams...they are our future leaders

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-09-26 07:46

    I feel for the youth of today as government has seriously let them down. From dropping the pass rate to improve their statistics, to the Limpopo textbook saga and schools that still require basics like desks, chairs and even teachers! Time for a change!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-26 10:42

    In order to have education for children you need to have educated leaders. Hardly any of SA's so-called "leaders" have had an education worth mentioning. How can they take education seriously. Apartheid is not an excuse. Many people of "colour" in SA obtained excellent eduction and qualifications in the old SA!

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