Lesufi: The Independent Examinations Board is being subsidised by the poor

It's understood the IEB has approached the courts arguing it could not afford to pay for the assessment services offered by Umalusi.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi claims the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is being subsidised by the poor - without paying for Umalusi's services.

He's called on the IEB to withdraw its court case against the quality assurance body.

It's understood the IEB has approached the courts arguing it could not afford to pay for the assessment services offered by Umalusi.

Lesufi said he was surprised by the IEB's attempts to force the poor to carry their financial burden.

The MEC said independent schools body must find other ways of funding their activities or they must cease to exist.

“The IEB must withdraw its court case. This case exposes that they have been having freebies for quite some time, that the poor have been subsidising their activities. We are also alarmed by the failure of the IEB to publicly publicise their financial records and their business operation,” said Lesufi.

The IEB has dismissed the MEC's claims.

In a statement, it said the IEB did not, and had never, expected anyone other than the IEB to pay for its services.

It’s moved to clarify that its matter before the court related to improper charging of fees by Umalusi going back to 2016.

"It is unfortunate that the Gauteng Member of the Executive Council, MEC Lesufi, has chosen to place this matter in the public domain at a time when it is before the High Court. The matter concerns what the IEB has experienced as improper charging of fees going back to 2016. Umalusi has sought to levy the Independent Examinations Board ("IEB") with additional, retrospective, and in our view, unjustified charges for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Academic years and despite numerous attempts by the IEB and its Board to resolve the matter amicably with Umalusi, this has not been successful. The IEB is currently awaiting the judgment on the 2016 issue, which will impact directly on the matter referred to by MEC Lesufi. The IEB has taken this decision in order to clarify legally what fees Umalusi may charge and how that process should be conducted," the board said.

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