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EE demands answers on matric task team

NGO Equal Education says Motshekga must account for the delay.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Equal Education has demanded answers from Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga about the work of a Matric task team.

It comes on the back of weekend reports that the committee established by Motshekga to investigate the quality of matric exams and marking, has yet to get started.

The committee was established nine months ago and is also meant to look into problems facing Grade 12 learners, among other things.

Despite the class of 2012 achieving the highest matric pass rate since 2006, fewer than 30 percent qualified for university.

Equal Education's Brad Brockman says Motshekga has some explaining to do.

"Two months away from the beginning of our next matric exams and nothing has been done. This is completely unacceptable. The minister needs to account for why, nine months after the establishment of this committee, no work has been done."

Meanwhile, education expert Christo van der Rheede believes this set back could be costly.

"If the establishing of a committee to investigate the quality of matric passes is not happening, it becomes a concern for us."

Motshekga has faced constant criticism about her abilities as Basic Education Minister.

When President Jacob Zuma announced his latest cabinet reshuffle last week, many questioned why Motshekga was not relieved of her duties.

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