Over half a million pupils in Mpumalanga are going to be examined to ascertain their literacy and numeracy levels.
Public school children in Grades 1 to 6 and 9 are going to take the Annual National Assessment exams between September 21 and 28.
“Over 591 050 learners in the province will write the ANA exams to test their language skills and their grasp of mathematics,” said Education MEC Reginah Mhaule. “We have already sent examples of previous exams to schools so teachers can prepare themselves and their learners for the coming tests.”
There is a hope within the department that pupils will be able to attain an average score of at least 49% for mathematics and literacy this year.
In 2010, Mpumalanga received the worst results country wide amongst Grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils with an average of 23% for numeracy and literacy tests. This was the very first time that the national Department of Basic Education had carried out ANA exams to evaluate literacy among lower grade pupils throughout the country.
The Mpumalanga province will pay out R70 million this financial year to further improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy at the province’s 1363 state primary schools. The department is planning to releasethe test results for this year’s ANA exams in December.
All test materials and marking memoranda is going to be provided by the national department. In to access the quality of the upcoming ANA exams, the department will centrally moderate a sample of three scripts per class.