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Minister: Grade 7 to 9 results depressing

But the minister says results from grades 1 to 6 have improved steadily.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Annual National Assessment (ANA) results for grades one to six have improved steadily this year.

But the minister is still concerned about other grades.

She released the results in Diepsloot this morning.

Motshekga says the ANA results from grades seven up to nine are depressing.

"The sector is not responding to interventions that we've given. The second year in succession was still under 20 percent in grade nine, which is very depressing."

She has however pointed out that the results in the junior grades, from grades one to six, are steadily improving.

"It's a very healthy upward trend and it's quite clear that we managed to get the traction going through."

Motshekga says they will have to focus more on improving teachers' skills in the classrooms.