No Rewrite Means More Consequences For Matrics

The Department of Basic Education is still convinced that it is much better for Matrics to rewrite the two contested papers now rather than waiting to see what happens.  They have said that if the rewrites don't happen now, during the current exam session, the consequences could be far worse for Matrics next year if the exams results cannot be approved and released.

The Department of Basic Education is still convinced that it is much better for Matrics to rewrite the two contested papers now rather than waiting to see what happens.  They have said that if the rewrites don't happen now, during the current exam session, the consequences could be far worse for Matrics next year if the exams results cannot be approved and released.

Director-General of the DBE, Hubert Mweli, said, "Should the decision that the two papers should be re-written be set aside, it will have far reaching consequences".

He continued to say that these consequences won't fall on the shoulders of the Department but rather the learners those who issued court papers were trying to protect. 

It behoves no argument that there was a leakage of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences papers two. That being the case, the decision by Umalusi that they cannot certify the results of these two subjects, cannot be faulted.

- Hubert Mweli

The department has said that the investigation to find exactly who had access to the paper could take months and should this rewrite not happen, the certification of the results will then be halted during that time. 

What this could mean is that learners will then not be able to apply to study further or use the results for other application.

"That will bring about that these learners will be forced to lose a whole academic year," explains Mweli.

This, DBE says, should be "weighed up against the inconvenience and disruption having to re-write the two subjects".

He then settles and says that it is obvious that rewriting is not much when compared to losing a whole academic year.

Yesterday, the court case against the rewrites was heard in court with the Department having to defend their decision. Today at 14h00, the judge is set to deliver his judgement.

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