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Basic Education To Challenge Matric Rewrite Judgement

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The Department of Basic Education is not exactly at peace with the recent judgement to set aside the rewrite of 2 matric exam papers. 

After meeting with the Council of Education Ministers (CEM), the department has announced it will be challenging some aspects of the judgement.

On Friday 11 December, Judge Norman Davis ruled against the department's plans for a national rewrite of Mathematics Paper 2 and the Physical Science Paper 2.

The department feels that the judgement did not address the issue of the exam leaks compromising the credibility of the papers. 

“Some of the findings of the court are discordant with applicable basic education legislative provisions; and some findings were made against the Department on issues that were not even raised in the court papers. CEM was particularly concerned about the tone and language used by the Honourable Judge,” said the department.

The rewrite was announced on 4 December, after the department had consulted with stakeholders and Umalusi, who said the two exam papers were "irrevocably compromised" and had to be rewritten. 

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), AfriForum and other parties took the matter to court to have the decision overturned. 

Following the judgement to set aside the rewrite, the CEM said matric learners would no longer have to rewrite the papers. 

Although the department is not satisfied with all aspects of the judgement, it has agreed to follow the ruling. 

“CEM agreed that the Class of 2020 has been confronted by many challenges brought about by the pandemic; and it would therefore be unfair to further subject the Class of 2020, their teachers and parents to further uncertainties and exacerbate the anxieties they currently face,” said the department.

The department has wished learners, teachers and parents well as they head into the festive season. 

“The Class of 2020, their teachers and their parents should take solace in CEM’s decision that the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 will not be rewritten on 15 and 17 December 2020. Enjoy your Christmas and New Year’s break; rest and recharge for 2021; but you must observe all COVID-19  health, safety and social distancing protocols at all times,” said Minister Motshekga.

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