sadtu90Cape Argus reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union in the Western Cape has called for a boycott of the provincial education department’s annual language and maths skills tests for pupils, saying children were being over-tested.  

On Monday Sadtu said it had, on several occasions, asked the Western Cape Education Department to stop the systemic tests, but to no avail.  The department has tested the language and maths skills of primary school children every year since 2002, focusing initially on grades 3 and 6.  Grade 9 was added in 2010.  This year’s tests are scheduled to be written from 11 to 25 October.  Jonavon Rustin, the union’s provincial secretary, said the union was holding meetings with parents and school governing bodies to inform them of the boycott.  Last year it was reported that protests against the tests had been held at a number of Western Cape schools with some parents refusing to let their children write the assessments.  The department confirmed that some schools had declined to write the annual tests.

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