Education focus: the ANAs and benefits for learners and educators

The National Senior Certificate Examinations (Matric Exams) season has got off to a start today in the context of the country's biggest teacher union SADTU coming out against an assessment system said to benefit them and learners alike.

Redi Tlhabi read an excerpt from a City Press column recently written by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, addressing SADTU's resistance:

Let us all remind SADTU that while it is an important stakeholder, it is not the government. It is the government of the day, elected by the people, that must drive improvements in the basic education sector for the benefit of future generations. Teacher accountability, diagnostic tools such as ANA and being at school on time is non-negotiable.

The assessment tool in question and under the spotlight is the Annual National Assessment - the ANAs. Motshekga shed further light on the ANAs:

The ANAs not only assess the child, but also the school and let us know where to give direct support, identifying different forms of support. The sector is huge: there are more than 27 000 schools, so it helps to identify needs. Teachers also need to sit with results and see that if there’s extreme low performance at 20%, it’s deeper than learners, it can’t be that all your learners can’t read and write. Is it a question of leadership or of methodology or of the impacts of other social factors like as poverty? In some cases, it’s also beyond the teacher, it’s the methodology that’s being used by a specific teacher. What some schools and some principals have done is look at the results and say ‘Teacher So-and-So when it come to handwriting is doing well, so let’s get that teacher to work with other teachers’, so that you have group teaching within the schools. We also use the ANA for school improvement plans, addressing things such a 20% pass rate. To develop the ANAs tools, we had to use local experts at universities and use international benchmarking. It is a reliable tool that’s been developed by skilled professionals .

Addressing SADTU's concerns regarding the ANAs, Motshekga further reiterated:

We don’t differ that much with SADTU, we’ve done the assessments for the past three years and we have a sense of what the challenges are in terms of the competencies of our learners generally within the system, the weaknesses teacher-by-teacher and the next level of debate is whether – following benchmarking the information and data – if we need to monitor it annually or in phases where we assess at every exit point, at Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 9 and in Grade 12? Let’s allow at least two or three more years to see if our interventions are working. This would be a diagnostic tool for a system as fragile as ours.


This article first appeared on 702 : Education focus: the ANAs and benefits for learners and educators


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
How to have your cake and eat it (without the guilt) this festive season

How to have your cake and eat it (without the guilt) this festive season

Stacey Holland and Nicci Robertson share experiences of their weight loss journey and relationship with food.

[LISTEN] Mmusi Maimane on why SOEs should be dismantled

[LISTEN] Mmusi Maimane on why SOEs should be dismantled

The DA leader sat down with Eusebius McKaiser to share his views and thoughts on a number of issues concerning his party and SA.

Maimane tells Eusebius how the DA intends attracting black voters

Maimane tells Eusebius how the DA intends attracting black voters

TUNE IN at 10am to the Eusebius McKaiser show where he talks coalition agreements and economic policies.

"We're good at creating plans, our problem is implementation" Dr. Thabi Leoka

"We're good at creating plans, our problem is implementation" Dr. Thabi Leoka

Argon Asset Management economic strategist, Dr Thabi Leoka, evaluates Cyril Ramaphosa's "The Future of the Economy" plan.

Mnangagwa vs Mugabe, distrust and political hits: roots of Zim's crisis run deep

Mnangagwa vs Mugabe, distrust and political hits: roots of Zim's crisis run deep

Historian and Zimbabwean academic Dr Miles Tendi unravels Zim's political history and the elements that led to this crisis point.

Technobyte: New pill records medication taken.

Technobyte: New pill records medication taken.

South Africa's latest entertainment platform called Black, swallowable medication checker, and Tesla unveils an electric truck.

Popular articles
Zim ministers snub Mugabe's cabinet meeting call

Zim ministers snub Mugabe's cabinet meeting call

Regional Co-Ordinator at Crisis Zimbabwe Coalition, Joy Mabenge says the keys to Mugabe's impeachment are turning very fast.

Tender irregularities plague City of Cape Town

Tender irregularities plague City of Cape Town

Allegations point to irregularities in the tender processes where some bidders were preferred by the City's senior executives.

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

Up for a Springboks level scrum? Instructions on how to ensure you get the deals in your inbox the moment they become known...

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

EWN Africa Correspondent, JJ Cornish describes Mugabe's Sunday evening speech as a humiliating downturn for the Zim president.