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Sadtu unhappy with decision to proceed with ANA

Sadtu and Naptosa are against the Basic Education Department’s decision to procced with ANA in December.

FILE: Sadtu and Naptosa are against the Basic Education Department’s decision to procced with ANA in December.

PRETORIA - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and National Professional Teacher's Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) have slammed the Basic Education Department for its decision to proceed with the Annual National Assessment (ANA) exams this year, apparently without consulting with them.

Minister Angie Motshekga told the media in Pretoria on Friday that the council of education ministers decided after meeting with unions to conduct the exams later this year.

The process was scheduled to be conducted this week, but sadtu announced last week that its members wouldn't participate.

Motshekga says the decision to write the ANA from 1 to 4 December is in line with the agreement reached with unions.

"In our engagement with unions last week it was agreed that we'll postpone the assessments for a period of 90 days. The dates agreed on fall within the 90 days period."

However, Sadtu's Nkosana Dolopi doesn't agree.

"There was no agreement. They spoke about writing ANA in February next year. Now for them to just change it's problematic because it undermines the whole process of us discussing it."

Naptosa described the move as insane considering the assessment exams would follow the regular term tests.

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