Problematic Approach to Assessment

South Africa's Annual National Assessment is not without problems and we have had to deal with a great deal of problems in trying to show the negative effects it holds for our learners, especially given the poor start they've had in life.

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Due to a lack of early language intervention many of the pupils at the school are severely delayed in their language acquisition, even in South African Sign Language (SASL), let alone the written language.

Consequently, despite enormous pressure, school principal, Mrs Ndlovu, refused to allow her students to write the state required Annual National Assessment (ANA) tests as it served little purpose for her struggling students.

Although she conceded to allow some of her students to write the exam, the following year, she had only done so to illustrate the meaninglessness of the assessment for her students.