MEC Lesufi Challenges IEB's Request For Funding From Government

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi claims the Independent Examinations Board 'wants the poor to subsidise the rich' after the board approached the courts claiming it could not afford the services that Umalusi charged it for.

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) approached the courts last year with claims of not being able to afford the services that Umalusi charged for. The IEB has attempted to compel the government to fund its activities.

This would mean that the grant that the government would distribute to rural and township schools would have to be shared with private institutions. The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says that this is unfair. 

The MEC says the IEB is being subsidised by the poor without paying for Umalusi's services.

Lesufi has called on the IEB to withdraw its court case against the quality assurance body. He says they should hold a discussion with Umalusi instead. 

"This country needs one examination board, there is no need for an examination body for the rich and an examination body for the rest because after writing the exams these children sit in the same lecture rooms in universities," said Lesufi. 

The MEC said that the independent schools body must find other ways of funding their activities or they must cease to exist.

“The IEB must withdraw its court case. This case exposes that they have been having freebies for quite some time, that the poor have been subsidising their activities. We are also alarmed by the failure of the IEB to publicly publicise their financial records and their business operation,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi says that the IEB is not transparent in their work and that it is difficult to gauge whether they are in need of financial assistance. 

“The IEB must withdraw its court case. This case exposes that they have been having freebies for quite some time, that the poor have been subsidising their activities. We are also alarmed by the failure of the IEB to publicly publicise their financial records and their business operation,” said Lesufi.

The IEB has dismissed the MEC's claims in a statement which states that the IEB never expected anyone to pay for its services besides the body itself. 

The statement reads:

"It is unfortunate that the Gauteng Member of the Executive Council, MEC Lesufi, has chosen to place this matter in the public domain at a time when it is before the High Court. The matter concerns what the IEB has experienced as improper charging of fees going back to 2016. Umalusi has sought to levy the Independent Examinations Board ("IEB") with additional, retrospective, and in our view, unjustified charges for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Academic years and despite numerous attempts by the IEB and its Board to resolve the matter amicably with Umalusi, this has not been successful. The IEB is currently awaiting the judgment on the 2016 issue, which will impact directly on the matter referred to by MEC Lesufi. The IEB has taken this decision in order to clarify legally what fees Umalusi may charge and how that process should be conducted."

 

 

 

 

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