Matric exam rewrite: SADTU heads to court in bid to overturn decision

Matric exam rewrite: SADTU heads to court in bid to overturn decision

- SADTU is heading to court in search of an urgent interdict to overturn the decision to rewrite leaked matric exam papers

- This comes after Minister Angie Motshekga announced that learners would need to rewrite two papers after security breaches

- The teachers' union insists that the small number of students who would have had access to the paper doesn't justify the rewrite

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SADTU will be heading to court on Monday seeking an urgent interdict to challenge the Basic Education Department's decision to rewrite leaked matric exam papers.

The union's Mugwena Maluleke is adamant that 195 out of over 390 000 students that may have accessed the leaked exam papers don't justify the blanket decision.

Maluleke explained that the Department of Education had been warned of their intention to lodge an urgent court application to interdict this particular decision.

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Matric exam rewrite: SADTU heads to court in bid to overturn decision
SADTU is adamant that the number of students who had access to the leaked papers doesn't warrant a rewrite. Image: GovernmentZA/ Flickr
Source: UGC

The union insists that the decision is not based on evidence or scientific perception and revealed that it has approached students and parents to garner support for their legal bid.

The SABC reports that Basic Education Department Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has signalled their intention to defend the decision.

Mhlanga reiterated Minister Angie Motshekga's view that it is impossible to know for sure how many students truly had access to the leaked papers:

“Nobody knows right now how far the paper has gone. As a result of that, you cannot say you will localise the rewriting. You localise it where because you do not know? Even the Hawks has said it will take time for a determination to be made as where it has been and where it has not been, who received it and how did not receive it. Until then, we remain in the dark in terms of the extent of the spread of the leaked question papers.”

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Earlier, reported that the poor actions of some are set to have a drastic impact on many matric students.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently hosted a media briefing to update South Africans on the progress of the Matric 2020 examination.

The Minister has now confirmed that the Mathematics Paper II and the Physical Sciences Paper II exams will need to be rewritten nationwide.

Commenting on the unfortunate situation on Friday afternoon, Motshekga confirmed many student's worst fears:

“The CEM [Council of Education Ministers] decided a national rewrite of both mathematics paper 2 and physical sciences paper 2 is necessary. Mathematics paper 2 will be written on December 15 at 2pm, and physical sciences paper 2 will be written on December 17 at 9am."

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