DA claims matric result manipulation

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has said there was no evidence to prove the Democratic Alliances’...

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Education Minister Naledi Pandor has said there was no evidence to prove the Democratic Alliances’ allegations that matric exam results had been inflated.

The party said it was approached by teachers who claimed that they were ordered to raise the Maths and Science marks of weaker pupils.

On Monday Pandor said the DA failed to corroborate claims made by the two whistle blowers that senior education officials had instructed the pair to inflate Grade 12 results.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“One of the teachers prefers to remain anonymous and the other whistle blower has indicated that they were misquoted by the Democratic <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Alliance,” said Pandor.

She said that she was very concerned about the allegations and ordered an immediate probe.

“It did cause a great deal of alarm in the public domain and I think we should all be responsible on the way we report on these matters."

The DA responded by saying that it wanted to be involved in the investigation because the teachers who approached it, felt intimidated and were thus reluctant to speak out.