The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has blasted the Basic Education Department’s decision to have matriculants rewrite the Maths and Physical Science paper 2 exams.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday announced that the leaked papers will be rewritten on 15 and 17 December, respectively.

However, Cosas’ National Spokesperson, Douglas Ngobeni, says that’s absurd.

He says the organisation is preparing to challenge the decision in court.

“Our learners did not leak the papers and they can’t be subjected to the maladministration of the Basic Education and its printing company,” Ngobeni says.

He adds that learners prepared for exams and can’t be forced to rewrite.

A 31-year-old employee of a Johannesburg-based company that is contracted by the Department of Basic Education to print the 2020 matric exam papers is being prosecuted for leaking the Maths paper.

Themba Shikwambana is currently out on R1 000 bail and is due back in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on 27 January 2021. – Report by Radio Turf‘s Tshepo Maeko