The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced that it will go ahead with the Annual National Assessments (ANA) for this year, despite postponing the assessments last week.
Teachers' unions, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) have raised concerns about the frequency of the testing and the demands of administration.
The department says the ANAs will be re-scheduled for December.
According to the department's communications director, Elijah Mhlanga, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga met with the provincial MECs to discuss the best solution.
The MECs felt that it was in the best interest of education that we continue with ANA this year.— Elijah Mhlanga, Director of Communications for Department of Basic Education,
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He told CapeTalk and 702 presenter Stephen Grootes that the unions have been informed of the decision that has been taken.
Mhlanga says it is not yet clear whether the aggrieved unions will help administer the tests later this year.
The standardised testing form, written and marked by the department, takes place in three phases and is a systematic evaluation of a child’s progress in the curriculum.