The gap between haves and have-nots is already set in stone for life in primary school, a study says.
Five teacher unions have declared they will prevent their members from invigilating the Annual National Assessments until reforms are implemented.
The teachers union has encouraged its members to boycott invigilation of the Annual National Assessments in protest against the education department.
Readers write in about Steve Biko, statues, Zuma, headlines and Islamic scholars.
The Annual National Assessments must not detract from the quality or breadth of education, writes Caroline Long.
A damning report held back from the public highlights the extent of cronyism and the influence of unions in filling education positions.
The annual literacy and numeracy results don’t justify claims about improvements or declines.
The head of the professional teachers’ organisation says it is time to take a hard look at educators’ content knowledge and methodology.
The ANAs are a waste of time - they must be standardised in form, content and appraisal - argues a teacher.
They are a source of useful information that can help to make teaching better.
Literacy and numeracy tests provide valuable insights into pupils' performance.
Annual literacy and numeracy tests for grades one, six and nine aren't comparable over time or across grades, so talk of improvement is misleading.
Educationists have cast serious doubt over Angie Motshekga's conclusion about the 2013 annual national assessments of numeracy and literacy.
"If these results were true, it would mean we have improved more in a single year than Colombia did in 12 years from 1995 to 2007," experts said.
If the annual national assessments are to be believed, SA has the fastest developing education system in the world - a highly unlikely conclusion.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says low maths marks explain South Africa's failure and dropout rates in grades 10 and 11.
The use of terms that are at a level beyond the grasp of pupils is producing flawed results.
Innovation and creativity are the key elements that can improve learners' reading and spelling.
Majority of public schools lagging behind due to the slow delivery of important workbooks.