Rewrite Is Unfair To Matrics, says Equal Education

Equal Education is said to not be convinced that the rewriting of the leaked Matric papers are justified and that Umalusi along with the Department of Basic Education have not given enough reason for this rewrite to be appropriate.

Equal Education is said to not be convinced that the rewriting of the leaked Matric papers are justified and that Umalusi along with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) have not given enough reason for this rewrite to be appropriate.

A statement released by the organisation reads:

Umalusi and DBE have not convinced school communities that a national rewrite of the leaked Maths and Physical Sciences exam papers is the only way to protect the integrity of the Matric exams.

Equal Education does however acknowledge that the leaks are very serious but that the public deserves to know when papers were leaked, how far these papers were circulated and how many questions, from each paper, learners had access to. 

They continue to boldly say, "Decisions that drastically affect learners and teachers are being made in a way that is not transparent."

The Minister and the rest of her department have insisted that they are not allowed to share details on the leak or any information from the reports received from the Hawks. Equal Education however believes that the department has a duty to to explain to learners, parents and teachers all the options that were considered to protect the integrity of the matric exams.

They also want the Department to explain to parents, teachers and learners what the consequences of Umalusi refusing to confirm that the maths and physical sciences results are valid would be when it comes to their  post-school education opportunities for matrics and their ability to get jobs.

Some matric learners have already given away their textbooks. Very few of the matric learners that we spoke with today are optimistic about the rewrite because they are prepared to spend the time doing revision that is focused on just two subjects. 

"It does not seem that Umalusi or the DBE spoke to learners before coming to this decision, and we urge them to do that immediately", continued Equal Education.

Equal Education makes it clear that learners can't be punished for weaknesses on the department's side and the ones wanting to make money from leaks. 

The DBE must also have a proper explanation for school communities on the gaps in security and how these will be fixed.

The organisation concludes their statement by stating that the leaking of papers must be avoided at all costs so that learners aren't put in an unfair position.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced that following the leaking of the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 during the final Matric exams of this year, both papers will be rewritten by all Matrics learners who initially sat for the paper.

Maths Paper 2 will be rewritten on Tuesday, 15 December, at 2PM. Physical Sciences Paper 2 will be rewritten the following Thursday, 17 December, at 9AM as other dates could not have been found. The exams were originally set to end on 15 December.

Read the full statement from Equal Education here.

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