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The value of ANA exams and why teacher unions aren't having it

While the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has committed to forging ahead with the Annual National Assessment (ANAs) exams, five teachers' unions have taken a stand against the plans.

(Also read our article: Education department puts ANAs back on the table)

According to Professor Hamsa Venkatakrishnan, SA Numeracy Chair at Wits University, many teacher unions feel the current tests are of no value to teachers and learners and will create an additional burden if written in December.

I think there are legitimate concerns on the ground. Some teachers have raised concerns about the support needed to help the learners and the general blaming and accusations that often follow the heavy-duty testing.

Hamsa Venkatakrishnan, SA Numeracy Chair at Wits University

Sadtu, Naptosa, Natu, PEU and the SAOU say they did not agree with the DBE to administer the ANAs in their current form, and first want to develop a new diagnostic tool.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:

Venkatakrishnan says that the exams should be formulated through contributions from a variety of schools, universities, government officials and relevant industries.

She says the main objective is to evaluate the level of literacy and numeracy in South African schools and to development ways to adjust to the needs of teachers and learners.


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