EDITORIAL | Matric rewrites a bitter pill, but the right thing to do
Angie Motshekga has shown leadership and grade 12s should be happy that their results will not be tainted
The department of basic education is facing mounting opposition and legal challenges about its “unpopular” decision to get all grade 12s to rewrite maths paper 2 and physical science paper 2.
Teacher union Sadtu fired the first salvo after signalling its intention to seek an urgent court interdict this week to force the department to reverse its controversial decision. The powerful and influential union said all 391,000 maths pupils are being punished “for something that is not of their own making”, as only a few saw the paper. Another teacher union is also expected to emulate Sadtu’s move.
There are also lawyers acting on behalf of parents who have threatened to launch legal action against the department and quality assurance body Umalusi, which is responsible for the certification of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) qualification. Not surprisingly, the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has also joined the fray by urging pupils not to sit for the rewrites, while a petition supporting the cancellation thereof has so far garnered more than 70,000 signatures. It is apparent that the groundswell of opposition against the rewrites is gaining momentum...