The Minister of Basic Education Ms Angie Motshekga recently announced that due to the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 being leaked, pupils throughout the country will have to rewrite them. However, education stakeholder and teachers’ union are heading to court to challenge the Minister’s decision to get matric learners to rewrite the exam papers that were leaked.
Teacher unions said they would be filing an urgent court interdict to reverse the decision on Monday. The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s (Sadtu) Nomusa Cembi has labelled the move as premature.
“We will be applying for an urgent court interdict on the decision of the department to make all the learners rewrite these two papers. We feel that this decision is unfair and premature,” said Cembi.
The National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) has urged the department and law enforcement agencies to finalise the investigation into the leaks in order to spare thousands of matriculants from having to rewrite the papers.
“At the moment, they are telling us there about 200 pupils who accessed the paper. However, we must not now say that over 400,000 pupils accessed the paper. We are saying, investigate properly, but do not punish the NSC,” said Naptosa’s Basil Manuel.
Despite this, the Department of Basic Education said it is ready to challenge the unions in courts. The department’s spokesperson, Elijah Mahlangu said the department will wait for those who have announced that they will take the department to court and see what happens.
The minister announced that Mathematics Paper 2 will be written on the 15th of December and the Physical Science Paper 2 days later.
Some matric pupils are outraged by the recent announcement that they will have to rewrite the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 exams. One of these learners is 18-year old Sandile Malala.
“Why do I have to rewrite, because I’ve studied? I didn’t cheat and didn’t know anything about the paper. I already faced uncertainty regarding his academic future. It was already hard to study due to COVID and all that was happening this year. So now we have to rewrite papers and we are nearly finished with our exams. It’s so hard, it’s so hard,” he said.
Malala said while he understood how the leak has affected the credibility of the National Senior Certificate, he said he shouldn’t have to suffer as he worked hard to prepare.
The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has called on pupils not to rewrite the exam papers that were leaked. Cosas’s Douglas Ngobeni said they reject Motshekga’s announcement, he said the Department of Basic Education made a blunder by not first engaging the stakeholders in the education sector when they took the decision.