ANAs: Cabinet calls for unions and Basic Education to put pupils first

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Cabinet has called for childrens rights to be prioritised, as unions and the Basic Education Department go head-to-head over the Annual National Assessments.

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet has called for children’s rights to be prioritised, as unions and the Basic Education Department go head-to-head over the Annual National Assessments (ANA).

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said, “The interest of government must be education, especially the learners. That is why we have urged all parties, education and teacher associations to continue the dialogue. You do know that even last Sunday there were meetings, and there are intentions of having further meetings in order to ensure that this programme must go ahead.

“There&39;s nothing more we can add to that, except to that we do hope that all parties must find themselves together in order to ensure that this programme, which as in principle agreed by all parties, can go ahead,” he added.

Sadtu and four other unionshave refused to administer the tests.

They want the ANAs, which are a measure of pupils&39; literacy and numeracy skills, written once every three years.

However, Education Minister Angie Motshekga has insisted that public school pupils will write the disputed ANAs in December.

Unions say writing the tests annually does not allow time for interventions to improve literacy and numeracy challenges.

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