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Umalusi's adjustment of matric marks questioned

The Democratic Alliance is concerned that the standardisation process may lead to an artificial inflation of the pass rate.

FILE: Umalusi representatives brief the media over the 2016 matric results in Pretoria. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – With the matric pass rate for government schools due to be announced on Wednesday, questions have been raised about quality assurance body Umalusi’s methodology for adjusting the 2016 marks.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Shadow Minister for Education Gavin Davis has written to Umalusi questioning why marks have been adjusted for 32 subjects compared to 29 in the previous year.

Davis is concerned that the standardisation process may lead to an artificial inflation of the pass rate.

“And the problem is that Umalusi hasn’t presented any evidence that the exam paper was more difficult and this happened in 28 subjects.

“So I’m simply asking for the evidence of whether or not those papers were more difficult to warrant such major adjustment.”

But Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has defended the process, saying the correct processes were followed.

“Mr Davis lacks understanding and needs to receive a basic course from the notion of standardisation and education.

“And the rationale for it is very important because it allows us to balance the gaps and it also allows us to manage the quality of education and Umalusi is an independent body.”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the national pass rate for the matric class of 2016 on Wednesday evening.

To get your 2016 IEB matric results now go to EWN’s special matric results page. And if you’re waiting for your National Senior Certificate results why not sign up today & EWN will notify you when your results are available. Share the page with your friends..

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)