Annual National Assessments

Poor children ‘doomed’ in early grades

The gap between haves and have-nots is already set in stone for life in primary school, a study says.

Teacher unions to block members invigilating assessments

Five teacher unions have declared they will prevent their members from invigilating the Annual National Assessments until reforms are implemented.

Sadtu: Boycott national assessments in schools

The teachers union has encouraged its members to boycott invigilation of the Annual National Assessments in protest against the education department.

Letters to the editor: April 30 to May 7 2015

Readers write in about Steve Biko, statues, Zuma, headlines and Islamic scholars.

Beware the tyrannies of the ANAs

The Annual National Assessments must not detract from the quality or breadth of education, writes Caroline Long.

Leaked report reveals rampant cronyism in teacher hiring

A damning report held back from the public highlights the extent of cronyism and the influence of unions in filling education positions.

Assessment results don’t add up

The annual literacy and numeracy results don’t justify claims about improvements or declines.

Grade nine maths average slips badly in 2014

The head of the professional teachers’ organisation says it is time to take a hard look at educators’ content knowledge and methodology.

The flaws of national assessments

The ANAs are a waste of time - they must be standardised in form, content and appraisal - argues a teacher.

Don’t be afraid of assessments at school

They are a source of useful information that can help to make teaching better.

No ANA ‘mess’: they’re a success

Literacy and numeracy tests provide valuable insights into pupils' performance.

Assessment results don’t make sense

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.


Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Focus on FW de Klerk distracted attention from the troubling state of the nation

Some political analysts say President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking too long to mend the country, others says it is the ANC itself that must be fixed

Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed at troubled district municipality

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it