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Teachers unions boycott ANAs

The administration of the Annual National Assessments is due to start on Thursday.

The coalition of teacher unions will boycot the ANAs. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A coalition of teachers unions have formally announced they will be boycotting the administration of the Annual National Assessments (ANA), which are due to begin nationwide on Thursday.

#COSATU Mildred Oliphant speaking to COSATU delegates. SADTU also protesting ANAs today. pic.twitter.com/aN5pJf0ZJY

The unions include the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), the Suid Afrika Onderwysersunie, the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa and the National Teachers Union (Natu), who collectively represent around 400,000 teachers.

#ANA Happening Now: SADTU is protesting against Annual National Assessments. GW pic.twitter.com/maNnxxM3lx

They say a mediation process with the department of basic education collapsed last month after a draft agreement with unions was rejected.

Sadtu's general secretary Mugwena Maluleke says the department decided to go ahead with the ANAs without consulting unions.

Maluleke says the tests are about money and not education.

"We will not be intimated by the employer to continue to implement what is clearly a fraud instrument. ANAs will not be reduced into a tender on our watch."

Natu deputy president Allan Thompson says they are not afraid of potential disciplinary action.

"We want to see almost 400,000 people being charged by the Department of Education. We want to see whether they'll have sufficient space to put all of us under a disciplinary hearing."

While government says it will attempt to administer the tests without the teachers, unions say they don't think the department will succeed.