Desiree van der Walt
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Basic Education
Tomorrow the Annual National Assessments begin. Learners in Limpopo will not be ready because textbooks were delivered some 7 months late into the academic year and some schools are reportedly still without textbooks.
These tests will assess learners in Grades 1 to 6 and Grade 9 in all public schools in Mathematics and Languages. The ANA results are of the greatest importance to education reform. They will tell us what learners know and what they do not know. On the basis of the results, the education authorities will know where interventions are required, school by school. Officials can then focus their attention on the struggling schools.
For value to be derived from the ANA tests, it is essential that credible results are released, and that they are interpreted correctly. This will be hard to achieve in Limpopo, as our learners were not provided with learning material on time.
This is also likely to affect our matric pass rate at the end of the year.
This leaves one option and it is that the MEC of Education and all the officials responsible must resign. It is unthinkable that these officials continue to draw salaries in the midst of all the mess they have caused for the learners in our province.