GDE won’t further investigate Zuma exam question debacle

The department says it’s satisfied with the explanation given by a private Christian school.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says it is satisfied with the explanation given by a private Christian school that set an exam question using a cartoon of President Jacob Zuma, adding it won't be investigating the matter further.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi has met with officials at the school after a sample of the grade 6 exam paper surfaced on social media.

The image drawn by cartoonist Zapiro depicts Zuma floating in a pool of money and was used in the grade 6 exam, along with the question "Would you vote for this man?"

But department spokesperson Oupa Bodibe says the school provided sufficient context to the question, which fits the requirements of the caps curriculum.

"They were being asked, 'how does the writer of this cartoon feel about whoever is the subject in that cartoon? How does the artist show his feeling towards him?' So, it was an English visual literacy assignment, to try and test the children's analytical skills."