Matrics will not have to rewrite the Maths and Physical Science papers. The North Gauteng High Court has set aside the decision saying that the Education Minister’s announcement was irregular and unlawful. Paper 2 of both these subjects were leaked last month.
The Basic Education Department’s reasoning for the rewrite related to the widespread leaks, and quality assurer Umalusi said it would not recognise the results of the two papers. Several pupils, the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and AfriForum approached the court to have the decision set aside. They argued that the decision to rewrite was not taken rationally and was the result of “bullying” tactics by Umalusi, who “speculated” using a preliminary report into the leaks.
The court further ordered the minister and the department to pay the costs of the applicants as well as those who appeared as friends of the court. Matrics were meant to rewrite the exams next week.
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