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Motshekga Defends Her Decision to Order Rewrite Of Matric Exams Despite Court Action, Fierce Opposition From Learners, Teachers’ Unions


BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she will defend any legal action brought against the Department regarding the re-write of leaked matric exam papers.

Congress of South African Students (COSAS), SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), including Afriforum, have filed an urgent applications in the High Court in Pretoria to block the rewrite of the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 exams.

The matter is expected to be heard in court soon.

“There won’t be any compromise. We either write or we don’t rewrite. The court will decide,” said Motshekga on Tuesday.

Last Friday, Motshekga announced that the two leaked exam papers will be written on Tuesday December 15 and Thursday 17 December.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Basic Education Baxolile Nodada called on Motshekga to publicise the preliminary report of the National Investigation Task Team on the leaked matric examination papers.

“It is unfathomable how a Minister of Basic Education can jump to the conclusion that the leaked papers are too widespread before an official report on the investigation has determined this as evidence,” said Nodada.

“It is further worrying that a leak of this kind warrants a total rewrite into not one, but two papers – a first in South African history.”

Nodada said the party demands that Motshekga publish the report so that the investigation can be scrutinized for its thoroughness.


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