Unions agree that education is in crisis
By Khanyisa Tabata
29 June 2011
The National Professional Teachers' Association says the evidence is overwhelming that education is failing.
In a statement welcoming the release of the Basic Education Department's Annual National Assessment, Naptosa says it has been expressing concern for several years about the fact that many pupils in government schools cannot read or write.
The assessment shows shockingly low levels of literacy and numeracy.
In its reaction, the South African Democratic Teachers Union says a lot of work lies ahead.
According to Sadtu the dismal, yet sobering results will provide teachers with information to quickly diagnose a problem and implement targeted interventions.