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Annual National Assessment results expected to be released tomorrow

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South Africa awaits with abated breathe for the release of the 2013 Annual National Assessment (ANA) results and judge just how well learners are doing when it comes to numeracy and literacy. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to release the results tomorrow.

The main objective of the ANA testing process is to test the progress of learners around the country and their achievements in numeracy and literacy.

The ANA testing forms the backbone of the department of education’s Action Plan 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025.

During this years annual testing process, more than 7 million learners from grades 1-6 and 9 took the tests. Given the fact that literacy and numeracy are the universally accepted key skills for successful learning, the ANA tests focus on these critical skills.

The ANA tests are not utilized in any way to assess a learners progression or promotion status. The main idea behind the ANA tests is to obtain a better insight into the learners current achievements in literacy and nunnery and whether or not they need additional help in class or not.

The ANA tests help teachers and educators understand their students better and whether or not their students measure up to expectations. The ANA test results enables teachers and educators to adapt and change their lesson plans to better fit their classes. The results are also used by district officials to improve or adapt school improvement plans and offer the appropriate support to schools that they identify in need of help.

Not only are learners waiting to see how they did on the tests, so is the Department of Basic Education and Minister Angie Motshekga. Not only do the ANA tests give an idea of how our learners are doing in literacy and numeracy, it also provides information about the progress of the Ministry of Education and their programmes to improve the country’s education.

For more information about the Annual National Assessment – click here

Source: SAnews.gov.za

Motshekga promises textbooks for all pupils at the start of 2014

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga

 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga  has promised that all learners will have the necessary textbooks at the start of the 2014 academic year but is she willing to place her job on the chopping block if she fails to deliver on her promises.

Motshekga stated that she is confident that textbook will be delivered to all learners and the educations department’s goal is to have one textbook per child per subject for the 2014 academic year.

She said that the delivery of textbook is 90% complete with KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State having a few delays in delivery because of budget challenges and different procurements procedures. However, she said the department is monitoring these issues.

Motshekga also announced that the department of education is progressing with the distribution of Learning and Teaching Support Material and will continue to make good on the delivery of 50 million workbooks annually.

 

Annual National Assessment (ANA)

The 2013 ANA’s which began on 10 September are now approaching its final stages. This year, more that seven million learners from grades 1-6 and grade 9 took the annual assessment test. The ANA test are critical for the department of education to provide them with a yardstick to assess the literacy and numeracy skills of learners at the foundation, intermediate and senior phases of the education system. This year’s ANA results will be announced on the 5th of December.

 

School Norms and Standards

In September the department of education called on all individuals and groups involved in education to submit comments on the norms and standards for school infrastructure following the minister’s approval of draft regulations.

The main objective of the regulations to create a guideline in the provisioning of an enabling physical teaching and learning environment that is sustainable and equitable for all learners in South Africa.

Motshekga said that the department of education has thus far received an extensive number of of comments and submissions and that the department would publish the norms and standards on the 29th of November.

 

Upgrading the education system

The education department is continuing with its efforts to convert workbooks for grade 1-9 into interactive applications in co-operation with the Department of Science and Technology. There is also a pilot project underway and expected to rollout shortly where tablets will be supplied to both teachers and learners in the Eastern Cape.

The department of education is continuing with its efforts to implement a Mathematics, Science and Technology strategy which is being conducted by the Ministerial Task Team for Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Motshekga stated that her department has made noticeable progress in the department’s response to the task teams recommendations and it is the intention of the education department to establish a specialized Maths, Science and Technology department in order to tackle all issues and problems when it comes to learner numeracy in South Africa.

Source:  SAnews.gov.za

SA government urges parents to assist learners with ANA

SA Department of Education

 

The SA government and cabinet has  urged all parents and guardians to help and assist their children with their preparation for the upcoming Annual National Assessments (ANA).

The literacy and numeracy ANA are scheduled to take place between the 10th and 13th of September and is aimed at assessing learner’s literacy and numeracy abilities and standard for foundation, intermediate and senior phase.

The Annual National Assessments were introduced in South Africa in order to measure and assess the country’s improvement in learning in specific grades and subjects. It is not a measure or test to see if a child should or should not progress to the next grade. Rather a tool for government to measure and evaluate if every learner throughout the country  is developing the necessary language and mathematics skills appropriate and required for specific grades.

One of the aims of the ANA evaluations is to identify problems areas of each learner and enable teachers to intervene to assist these learners in specific areas of study.

Acting Cabinet spokesperson, Phumla Williams said – “Parents and guardians must ensure that they engage with the 2013 ANA results as this serves as an important diagnostic tool of learners’ strengths and weaknesses.”

 

Annual National Assessments 2013
Tee result of last years ANA evaluation painted a dismal picture for the country. The results showed that the national average performance in literacy for Grade 1 was 58% (59% in 2011); Grade 2 – 55% (52% in 2011) and Grade 3 – 53% (35% in 2011).

Following the recent damning report by the Council on Higher Education on the standard of education in the country , this years ANA testing results are even more important for government in order to evaluate the current and future of the country’s education system.

There are a number of tools and learning aids to help parents and guardians available from the Department of Basic Education and can be accessed via the department’s website http://www.education.gov.za.

The Basic Education Department has already supplied all schools with the 2013 ANA timetable; 2012 ANA report; 2013 diagnostic analysis report; 2013 Assessment Guidelines for teachers to be able to plan for the administration of ANA and 2013 Exemplars for teachers to prepare learners for the administration of ANA.

Source: SAnews.gov.za

Zuma tells country and educators to start taking teaching seriously

President Jacob Zuma has officially announced that a national task team is going to be created to boost maths and science teaching in South Africa and that the nation must take teaching seriously. Furthermore, Zuma declared that he intends to set up a Presidential Remuneration Commission with a mandate to research and analyze the appropriateness of the remuneration and conditions of service furnished by the state to all its employees.

Zuma’s first priority is teachers and “elevating education to its rightful place” The purpose is to improve the overall quality of learning and teaching coupled with school management. “We want to see an improvement in attitudes, posture and outcomes,” he stated

The president is convinced that working with and in collaboration with educators, parents, the community as well as other stakeholders can lead to schools that can be recognized as “centres of excellence”.

Given the indisputable fact that the current Grade 12 pass rate is exhibiting clears signs of improvement, the Annual National Assessments (ANA) has evolved into a powerful tool for assessing the health of the education system.

“We welcome the improvement each year in the ANA results, but more must be done to improve maths, science and technology.” Zuma is encouraging the private sector to partner government to establish, adopt or sponsor maths and science academies or Saturday schools.

 

President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma

 

The meaning of essential services

 

President Zuma stated that he would like to transform the nation’s mind-set towards education and has come to the realization that education is an essential service.

By proclaiming education as an essential service does not, however, remove the constitutional rights of teachers as workers; for instance their right to strike. The aim is to transform the attitudes and perceptions of the education sector and that society must take education a lot more seriously than is currently taking place in the country.

To begin with, at least 98 new schools are going to have to be constructed in the next year replacing more than 40 “mud schools” that currently exist in the Eastern Cape. At the same time, two additional universities will be built, one in the Northern Cape and one in Mpumalanga.

Before the private sector, educators and society can take the President’s good intentions and ambitions seriously, the government and education department ought to lead by example and assume responsibility for their actions.

Source: SAnews.gov.za

Lower grade learners making progress in numeracy and literacy

The outcomes of the Annual National Assessment (ANA) for 2012 have been published and indicate that the numeracy and literacy general performance of South African learners in the lower grades has somewhat improved.

“The Annual National Assessment was a massive undertaking with over seven million learners writing. This is an achievement in itself, showing teachers are getting it right and learners are making progress. Learner performance in the Foundation Phase Grades 1, 2 and 3 is pleasing. There is progress also in the Intermediate Phase Grade 4, 5 and 6,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The ANAs are standardised assessment tests that all schools are forced to conduct in exactly the same grade-specific language and mathematics for Grades 1 to 6 and Grade 9.

The newly released outcomes revealed that in Grade 3, the national average performance in literacy stands at 53% in comparison to the 35% in 2011 — a marked improvement of 17% from previous year 2011.

 

 

Grade 3 numeracy also exhibited improvement with learners performing at an average of 41% as opposed to 28% in 2011. Once again, a fantastic change for the better of 13%. This will hopefully ensure that learners pursue mathematics and science in later grades.

There are still grave concerns as to the reasons why fewer learners are taking Mathematics and Science. The minister remarked that the rationale behind this is due to the fear of failing.

The national average performance in language for Grade 6 learners was 34% for the Home Language and 36% for the First Additional Language versus 28% in 2011. The First Additional Language was not assessed in 2011, and these results would serve as a benchmark in the years ahead. Motshekga remarked that the First Additional Language was critical considering that the bulk of black learners studied in a language that was not their home language.

In Grade 6 Mathematics, the average performance was 27% compared to 30% in 2011. Provincial performance ranged between 21% and 33%.

 

 

The national average performance for Grade 9 learners in language at 43% Home Language and 35% First Additional Language. Provincial performance ranged between 30% and 40%.

A major shock for some of the nation’s top educators is the 13% mathematics pass rate for grade 9 learners. Provincial performance ranges between 9% and 17%. These outcomes indicate to a large extent the key reason,amongst other reasons, that explains why there exists a high failure and dropout rates at Grade 10 and 11.

The national average performance for Grades 1, 2, 4 and 5 literacy in 2012 is as follows:

* Grade 1 – 58% (59% in 2011)
* Grade 2 – 55% (52% in 2011)
* Grade 4 – 43% Home Language (34% in 2011) and 34% First Additional Language
* Grade 5 was 40% Home Language (28% in 2011) and 30% for First Additional Language

The national average performance for Grades 1, 2, 4 and 5 in numeracy in 2012 is as follows:

* Grade 1 – 68% (63% in 2011)
* Grade 2 – 57% (55% in 2011)
* Grade 4 -37% (28% in 2011)
* Grade 5 – 30% (28% in 2011)

The 2012 ANA’s do indicate proof that there are breakthroughs at the lower end of the system however, at the same time, there are significant issues with higher grades which appear to be stagnating.

A superb benefit as a result of the annual testing is the fact that it discloses which schools were in need of urgent assistance. A further priority was making sure that each and every learner had access to a minimum set of textbooks and workbooks required which are mandatory in accordance with the national policy.

Source: SAnews.gov.za