Sadtu questions publisher’s influence on WC education policy
Sadtu believes Pearson potentially has too much influence because it designs the province's systemic tests.
CAPE TOWN - The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has questioned the influence of a private publisher on education policy in the Western Cape.
The teachers' union believes the London-based Pearson potentially has too much influence because it designs the province's systemic tests.
The union wants these tests discontinued.
The union does not want Pearson drafting independent exams for Western Cape schools.
Sadtu also wants the department to cancel its R36 million contract with the company amid reports of Pearson's attempts to privatise education.
Western Cape Education's Paddy Attwell maintains the company does not influence its policies.
"Their involvement in the tests that has absolutely no bearing on the results of the tests. The tests have proved to be extremely valuable and form an important part of our interventions to improve maths and language results in the province."
Pearson designs independent learner competency tests for Grades 3, 6 and 9.
Sadtu has vowed to boycott the tests set down for October.