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Sadtu still disagrees with systemic testing of WC pupils

The South African Democratic Teacher's Union has reiterated it still does not agree with the systemic testing of learners.

FILE: Teachers Unions are boycotting the Annual National Assessments (ANA). Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Democratic Teacher's Union (Sadtu) has reiterated it still does not agree with the systemic testing of learners.

The union reached an agreement with the Western Cape Education Department to stop boycotting the evaluation testing process of learners in the province this year.

Sadtu last year called for boycotts at various schools across the province, which led to the department seeking a court order against teachers involved in protests.

The department has taken disciplinary action against 123 Sadtu members, but has since entered into an agreement with the union regarding these educators.

Sadtu provincial secretary Jonovan Rustin says the union still has a problem with the over-testing of learners.

“Sadtu will still have a challenge in terms of how weak results are used to blame educators in particular schools as well as how the results are interpreted in terms of poor and wealthy schools. That will be subjected to further discussions between the department and the union.”

Sadtu has agreed to let testing continue in 81 schools that couldn't be covered in 2016, without any disruptions or protests on the school's premises.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)