Basic Education reaffirms ANA exams will go ahead
The department says unions resisting the move are mistaken & the tests will go ahead regardless.
JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says the Annual National Assessments (ANA) exams will go ahead in December in their current form, partly to ensure that government saves the money already spent on the diagnostic tool.
Earlier today, teaching unions Sadtu, Naptosa and three other unions announced their members will not administer the exams as they are come December.
The unions, which collectively represent nearly all teachers in the public sector, say the assessments have no value in their current form.
But the department's spokesperson Elijah Mahlanga says the unions are mistaken and the tests will go ahead regardless.
"The unions are fighting over something they have already won so ANA is being done in its current form. The preparations have already been done."
Sadtu's Nomusa Cembi however says the department should wait for the verdict from the task team set up to remodel the assessments before administering the exams.
Sadtu insists unions are being treated as if they were still in the apartheid era with the Basic Education Department ignoring their concerns over the ANA exams.
But the department says the unions are fighting a battle they have already won, as there is a task team set up especially to review their concerns.
Cembi said, "We are stakeholders but the department is acting as if we do not exist… They are treating us as if we are in the apartheid era."
But Mahlanga says the unions are mistaken and the department has made every effort to hear their concerns.
"I don't think that language is assisting because we are talking to the unions and we continue to work."