UMALUSI, the quality council for general and further education and training, has approved the release of the 2020 national examination results, stating there were no systematic irregularities despite the two leaked examination papers.
This comes after two matric examination papers – Mathematics and Physical Science – were leaked during exams.
The leakage of the two exam papers led the Department of Basic Education to announce the rewrite of the two papers as instructed by the quality assurer, Umalusi.
“Umalusi has taken note of the evidence-based reports on interventions and improvement strategies implemented by all assessment bodies including the Department of Basic Education and the positive impact of these on the overall assessment systems as well as on teaching and learning,” said CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi.
The final decision was that learners will not rewrite following complaints from teacher unions, parents and society at large.
Umalusi said the investigation into the leakage of Mathematics and Physical Science papers is not yet complete and is continuing.
“This means that Umalusi can still nullify the certificates of candidates who are found guilty of leaking the two papers even after receiving results,” said Dr Rakometsi.
The Department of Basic Education will, according to its plans, release the examination results on 22 February 2021.
“About the case presented to the Pretoria High Court in December 2020 regarding the rewrite of examinations, Council has reiterated the statement issued in December last year that even though it was disappointed by the outcome of the case it respects the decision taken by the court,” added Dr Rakometsi.
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)