Provincial schools have been asked to consider administering the annual national assessments (ANAs), which start today, only if their term schedules permit.
Several teachers unions boycotting the ANAs are concerned that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has not addressed their grievances over the value and administration of the assessments.
Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer, said it is unrealistic to expect all schools to administer the assessments, given the short notice and late time of the academic year.
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We've asked schools to consider the ANAs, if their schedules permit. However, we all agree that reform of the model is needed.— Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson to WC MEC of Education Debbie Schafer