'Pupils not adequately prepared for next level'

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said this can only be addressed through improving teacher skills.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Annual National Assessment (ANA) results indicate that pupils in lower grades are not adequately prepared for their next grades.

She said this can only be addressed through improving teacher skills.

Motshekga earlier released the results in Diepsloot which show an increase in reading and writing skills.

She said this problem can only be addressed through the management of schools.

Motshekga said the grade nine ANA results are "depressing" with students achieving an average of 10.8 percent in mathematics.

She said more focus needs to be placed on grade nine pupils who seem not to respond to the department's efforts to increase the standards.

"It's quite clear that what we thought to do and thought would help us improve in grade nine is not effective."

In 2013, the grade nine group's national average in mathematics was 14 percent and 13 percent in 2012.

The minister said she is pleased with the steady improvement in grade one to six, saying it is a healthy progress.