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Teachers remain resilient as ANAs boycott continues

The department has denied that Minister Angie Motshekga unilaterally decided to administer the ANAs.

Teachers Unions are boycotting the Annual National Assessments (ANA). Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department has denied that Minister Angie Motshekga unilaterally decided to administer the Annual National Assessments (ANAs) despite objections from teacher unions and principals, and says it held 31 meetings which led to a draft agreement.

On 23 October, Motshekga told unions that the ANAs would go ahead, but unions have described it as a pointless exercise.

They want the tests to be modified and postponed until next year, claiming that they're only going ahead because of a tender worth more than R200 million.

But the department's director general Matanzima Mweli says they can't afford to postpone the ANAs.

"Unfortunately we don't seem to have the same sense of urgency because time to us is crucial in terms of making sure that what has to be done this year is done and it will not interrupt the programme that is supposed to be implemented next year."

WATCH: A coalition of teachers unions have formally announced they will be boycotting the administration of the Annual National Assessments which are due to begin nationwide on Thursday.

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