Pupils start national assessments
MORE than 7-million pupils in Grades 1, 6 and 9 in public schools started with the assessment of their literacy and numeracy yesterday.
But there were concerns over the delivery of the Annual National Assessment (ANA) question papers to rural schools.
SA Onderwysersunie (SAOU) chief executive Chris Klopper said as far the union was concerned most rural schools were still waiting for the delivery of test papers.
The tests were supposed to have been delivered to schools on Friday.
It is unclear how many schools have not received exam papers.
The Fauna Park Primary School in Phalaborwa said yesterday that not all the papers had been delivered. The pupils were, however, able to write yesterday's tests.
Principal Edward Mayne said he was hopeful his pupils would perform better than last year.
Education spokeswoman Hope Mokgatlhe said all question papers were delivered to schools by 9am yesterday.
There was also concern over whether pupils in Limpopo, where the provincial education department was unable to deliver textbooks earlier this year, were ready to take the exams.
Limpopo education MEC Namane Masemola said: "While we acknowledge the challenges we had faced with regard to the textbooks saga and other things, we believe it is still possible to improve on our performance to ensure that we are among the best."
Masemola's sentiments were echoed by principals in the province.
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