Matric exam rewrite declared unlawful

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of AfriForum regarding the rewriting of the two final exam subjects.

The court ruled that the decision of Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga regarding the rewriting of two leaked matric exam papers is unlawful.

Several applicants, including teacher’s union Sadtu  launched the legal action to challenge the department.

Minister Motshekga announced on 4 December that matrics have to rewrite the final exam in Mathematics 2 and Physical Science 2 on 15 and 17 December 2020 respectively.

The court has ordered that the papers of those matric pupils who were not linked to the leaking of the exam papers must be marked in terms of the regulations.

Education Rights Advisor Natasha Venter said Afriforum welcomed the court finding and considers it not only as a victory for the almost 400 000 matriculants who would have been disadvantaged by Minister Motshega’s decision, “but also as a victory against the Department’s unfair, arbitrary and one-sided decision in this regard.”

“We urge the Department to now focus on arresting the guilty parties to ensure that the integrity of the exams is beyond reproach,” said Venter.

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