Matric rewrite: Motshekga says no compromise on integrity of papers

Matric rewrite: Motshekga says no compromise on integrity of papers

- Minister Angie Motshekga is sticking to her call to enforce a rewrite of certain matric exams

- Numerous groups have opted to challenge the decision for a national redo in court

- However, the Basic Education Minister has highlighted the importance of the integrity of the final exams

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is adamant that there isn't room for compromise when it comes to the integrity of the matric exams.

Motshekga insists that the national rewrite following security breaches needs to go ahead amid the Department's controversy.

Numerous groups have opted to challenge the rewrite of Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 in court.


Motshekga is adamant that there can't be a compromise when it comes to the integrity of the matric finals. Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images, Department of Education/ Twitter
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However, Motshekga is adamant that there can be no compromise in this unprecedented situation:

"We're going to court. I don't know what to comprise on. I don't know what will be the comprise because there are two things here. Either we write or don't rewrite."
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The Minister explained that the rewrite is non-negotiable due to the impact on the credibility of the matric certificates:

"There is nothing more important for a certificate than its integrity and its credibility. If it gets questioned and is under threat, I don't think there is any debate going there."

eNCA reports that quality assurer Umalusi is supporting the Education Department, agreeing that credibility and integrity are in question if no rewrite is performed.

Earlier, reported that 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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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.

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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