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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)

National Policy on Assessment and Qualifications for Schools in the General Education and Training Band

Part 7 : Systemic Evaluation


120) Systemic evaluation is an integral part of ensuring that all learners derive maximum benefit from the education system. It includes the periodic evaluation of all aspects of the school system and Learning Programmes, and shall occur at grades 3, 6 and 9. Systemic evaluation shall be conducted on a nationally representative sample of learners and learning sites.


121) The main objective of systemic evaluation shall be to assess the effectiveness of the entire system and the extent to which the vision and goals of the education transformation process are being achieved by it.


122) Systemic evaluation is a means of monitoring standards and effectiveness and determining the strengths and weaknesses of the learning system on a periodic basis and shall provide feedback to all the role-players so that appropriate action may be taken to improve the performance of the learning sites and learning system.


123) After each systemic evaluation, the Minister of Education, after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers, will release a national report card on the system.