By Mariette Pittaway, DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The below member statement was delivered by Mariette Pittaway (MPL) during a sitting of the Free State Provincial Legislature today.
The Annual National Assessment (ANA) is an assessment instrument introduced by the Department of Basic Education to enable a systemic evaluation of education performance and thereby enhance learner achievement. These tests give a clear indication on which to base meaningful literacy and numeracy interventions. The ANAs could be particularly useful if schools used it to identify and fix problems.
The initial decision taken by the Department of Basic Education to postpone the ANAs for a year made it clear that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) controls education in our country. The DA commends the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, for standing up against SADTU and taking the decision that the ANAs would indeed commence in December this year. Unions led by SADTU have now proclaimed that they will boycott the ANAs anyway.
The DA urges Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her officials to continue to stand their ground against these irresponsible trade unions.
Our children’s education must come first and they should not be the victims of SADTU’s stronghold on our education system. We simply cannot afford to be constrained by a union that does not have the best interests of learners or its members at heart.
In the DA-run Western Cape, education is a priority because the DA understands that education is vital to ensure that learners are able to develop their knowledge and skills necessary to become successful, responsible and prosperous citizens. The DA government is responsible for education in the Western Cape, not SADTU.
We must stand up for what is right, and tell SADTU enough is enough. SADTU cannot be allowed to continue to destroy the future of our children. We urge Education MEC Tate Makgoe to stand with the DA in this matter, and to publicly declare that the ANAs will be written in the Free State.