EASTERN Cape schools are geared up to launch the annual national assessments (ANAs) today, with both the national and provincial Education Departments confident of an improvement on previous results.
More than seven million pupils in grades one to six and Grade 9 across the country will sit for the yearly tests this week, which are used to gauge the levels of literacy and numeracy in primary and high school pupils.
The ANAs – which got off to a dismal start two years ago, with abysmal results – are diagnostic tests that give the department an idea of the weaknesses in language and maths development in pupils.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the provincial department are confident that interventions to boost pupils' abilities to read and count have paid off, while principals are holding thumbs that the proof of the pudding will indeed be in the eating.
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