Three million pupils in public schools will have to write national tests in key subjects annually in a bid to improve appalling literacy and numeracy skills.
All pupils in grades 3 and 6 will write tests in numeracy and literacy that will be externally set and independently moderated in November this year, while Grade 9s will be tested in maths, English and Afrikaans.
The new National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) will be responsible for the administration of the tests.
The Department of Basic Education will hire assessment experts, retired teachers and principals to administer the tests at 1800 of the 20000 participating schools to ensure that the results are credible.
Minister of basic education Angie Motshekga wants at least 60% of all grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils to pass literacy and numeracy tests within the next five years.
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