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Annual national language and maths assessment results published

The Department of Basic Education has published the results of the Annual National Assessments 2012, Grades 1 to 6 & 9. The report documents the results of the annual grade-specific language and mathematics tests conducted at all schools for grades 1 to 6 and grade 9.

This is the second annual assessment and for the first time, grade 9 learners were tested. Therefore there are no comparative results from 2011.

Key outcomes of the assessments are: 

Average national percentage marks in Language and Home Language

2011  2012 Home Language 2012 1st additional language

Grade 1   59%  58

Grade 2   52  55

Grade 3   35  52

Grade 4   34  43   34

Grade 5   30  40   30

Grade 6   36  43   36

Grade 9   n/a  43   35 

Average national percentage marks for mathematics

2011   2012

Grade 1   63%  68

Grade 2   55  57

Grade 3   28  41

Grade 4   28  37    

Grade 5   28  30    

Grade 6   30  27     

Grade 9   n/a  13    

The results reveal improvements in both language and mathematics in the foundation grades 1–3. However, commentary by education experts in the media advises that these improvements be viewed with caution. Of grave concern is the low national average mathematics marks at grade 9 level.

As in the 2011 assessment, there are significant provincial variations in the results. 

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