Educators’ union urges matrics to rewrite leaked papers

Educators’ union urges matrics to rewrite leaked papers

The Professional Educators Union (Peu) has welcomed the Department of Basic Education’s decision for leaked exams to be rewritten.

This comes amid dissent over the decision announced by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, on Friday. She said matriculants will re-write maths paper 2 and physical science paper 2 on 15 and 17 December, respectively.

The task team set up to probe the matter has said it couldn’t establish how many schools and learners had access to the two leaked papers prior the exam.

Peu Spokesperson, Klass Mohlatlole, says it is those findings that made the organisation throw its weight behind the DBE’s stance.

Mohlatlole adds that this should be done to protect the quality of education and matric results.

The union is urging matriculants to ignore calls for a rewrite boycott.

The call comes amid revolt from learner organisation Cosas and teachers union Sadtu. Both organisations have approached the courts in a bid to have the decision overturned.
Cosas National Spokesperson Douglas Ngobeni filed an urgent interdict in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, while Sadtu went to court on Monday.

“Part of the documents which were submitted to the court of law are the affidavits written by learners expressing their outrage regarding the exam rewrite”, Ngobeni says.

Ngobeni adds that their rejection of the exam rewrite was derived from concerns from learners.

Learners from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are among those who have expressed concern over the rewrite. 

Lobby group, AfriForum, also plans to take DBE to court over the matter.

However, the Basic Education Ministry remains defiant – saying it will defend the decision in court.- Tshepo Maeko works for Turf Radio