Sadtu heads to court over DBE's decision to rewrite 2 matric papers

The minister announced last week that due to the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 being leaked, pupils throughout the country will need to rewrite them.

FILE: Minister Mrs. Angie Motshekga. Picture: @DBE_SA/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Education stakeholder and teachers’ union are heading to court to challenge Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s decision to get matric learners to rewrite the exam papers that were leaked.

The minister announced last week that due to the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 being leaked, pupils throughout the country will need to rewrite them.

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The decision has not sat well with teacher unions saying they would be filing an urgent court interdict to reverse the decision on Monday.

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The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s (Sadtu) Nomusa Cembi has labelled the move as premature.

“We will be applying for an urgent court interdict on the decision of the department to make all the learners rewrite these two papers. We feel that this decision is unfair and premature.”

The National Professional Teacher's Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) has urged the department and law enforcement agencies to finalise the investigation into the leaks in order to spare thousands of matriculants from having to rewrite the papers.

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Naptosa’s Basil Manuel said: “At the moment, they are telling us there about 200 pupils who accessed the paper. However, we must not now say that over 400,000 pupils accessed the paper. We are saying, investigate properly, but do not punish the NSC.”

However, the Department of Basic Education said it was ready to challenge the unions in courts.

Spokesperson Elijah Mahlangu said: “Those that have announced that they will take the department to court, we will wait for them and see what happens.”

Mathematics Paper 2 will be written on 15 December and the Physical Science Paper 2 days later.

WE SHOULDN’T SUFFER, WE WORKED HARD

Some matric pupils will be feeling frustrated and outraged by the recent announcement that many of them will have to rewrite the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 exams.

“Why do I have to rewrite, because I’ve studied. I didn’t cheat and didn’t know anything about the paper.”

Sandile Molala is one of the thousands of matric pupils who will have to rewrite the Mathematics Paper Two and Physical Science Paper two this month.

The 18-year-old pupil, like many of his peers, said he has already faced uncertainty regarding his academic future.
“The year was already hard to study due to COVID and all that was happening this year. So now we have to rewrite papers and we nearly finished with our exams. It’s so hard, it’s so hard.”

Malala said while he understood how the leak has affected the credibility of the National Senior Certificate, he said he shouldn’t have to suffer as he worked hard to prepare.

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