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Motshekga explains task team delay

Basic Education Minister explains why the matric exam committee is nine months late.

The Basic Education Minister explains why the matric exam committee is nine months late. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday morning explained why the committee she set up to investigate the quality of matric exams hasn't started its work.

This caused outrage from non-government organiaation (NGO) Equal Education, who at the weekend cited this as another reason Motshekga is unfit for the job.

According to news reports at the weekend not even the names of the committee members have been published in the Government Gazette.

Motshekga told Kieno Kammies on 567CapeTalk that the delay has been in finalising who will be included in the team.

"I can certainly tell you that the first meeting is going to be in July and you can expect a report in the next six months. There have been delays in terms of finalising the names. But it is also the process because we have so many other committees running and I had to say which one comes first."

She added that her department spent the last six months engaging with the committee to finalise the names, do the groundwork and retrieve all needed files.

Motshekga said Equal Education did not come back to her and ask how far the process was.

"They should have checked and I would have told them."

The minister said the matric exams have not changed.

"I think the problem is that when we as government succeed the game rules change. When we were in a downward slope no one complained about the matrics because they thought we were on the right path. Going up we're using the same standards and now there's an outcry. These are the same standards, they didn't write anything new in 2012 [compared to 2006, 2008 and 2010]. The only difference now is that we are going up and there's a discomfort with that."

When asked why she called for a committee to be put in place if the matric exams are the same and the results have increased, the minister said her department has to be responsive.

She added that her department set up the committee to reassure people that there is nothing to hide.

"We will again give you a report about our matric results. It would be unfair that when people raise an issue we don't go out and address the issue."

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