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Umalusi To Report On Credibility, Fairness Of Matric Results Amid Doubts Over Leaked Exam Papers

NYAKALLO TEFU

SOUTH African parents are waiting nervously and impatiently for Umalusi’s report on the credibility of the 2020 matric results.  

The quality assurance body is expected to announce this week whether the matric exams were credible or not, this after two papers were leaked last year, creating panic and deep concerns among parents, teacher unions, civil society organisations and the Department of Basic Education.

Matric results are expected to be announced on February 22.

 For the first time in history, the release of the matric exams results was delayed due to the unexpected coronavirus pandemic.

Two papers – Mathematics and Physical Sciences – were leaked during the exams, prompting a court action against the Department of Basic Education after it tried to force learners to rewrite.

The court ruled that the quality of the examinations was not compromised, and therefore there was no need for learners to rewrite the two papers. 

 “In terms of the GENFETQA Act of 2001, Umalusi is required to approve the release of results once it is satisfied that the examinations have been conducted in a credible manner,” the quality assurance body has said.. 

Umalusi said gaining the approval of its council for the release of its results was a complex process of which standardization is one of the last steps. 

“Standardization is a process used to mitigate the effect of factors other than learners’ knowledge and aptitude on the learners’ performance,” added Umalusi.

(Source: Inside Education)

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