After 2 meetings with the Department of Basic Education, NAPTOSA together with the other 2 unions agreed to postpone the ANA for 2016.

The postponement will allow for the remodelling of the ANA by a joint task team that will comprise of Union Principals and Senior DBE officials.  It was also agreed that the remodelling will take place before the end of 2015.

NAPTOSA continues to support the initial intention of the ANA as a systemic evaluation tool, but is opposed to the manner in which the ANA has evolved into a high-stakes annual assessment system. NAPTOSA is also not in favour of the extension of the ANA to include other grades in addition to the initial focus grades namely, Grades 3, 6 and 9.

During the meeting in Durban, the DBE committed to improving relations between the Department and labour as well as making more resources available for teacher development. The DBE also committed to address the outstanding issues as a matter of urgency.

NAPTOSA is pleased that the DBE is committed to working on remodelling the assessment system for future implementation.

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