AfriForum to oppose rewriting exams in court

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The civil rights organisation AfriForum is going to assist four matric learners on Wednesday 9 December 2020 in an urgent court application in the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria, to reverse the decision by Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Minister Motshekga announced last week that the two exams where question papers were allegedly leaked should be rewritten by all matrics involved. AfriForum and the four matrics affected are the applicants in the case.

AfriForum Education Rights Advisor Natasha Venter said the decision by the minister was made without any representative body of matric learners being consulted in this regard.

“During the weekend it also became known that the minister based her decision on an interim report, according to which about 195 learners had seen the question papers and that most of the learners who had gained access to the papers are members of a WhatsApp group of top achievers selected by the department itself for preferential treatment and support.

According to Venter, the civil rights organisation is going to oppose this decision because it would unfairly disadvantage approximately 400 000 matrics who took the exam in an honest manner. “The department should focus on bringing to book the guilty persons who acted dishonestly by using the leaked papers and making them available.”

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