PEU IS GREATLY PAINED BT THE DECISION TO RE-WRITE MATRIC EXAMINATIONS
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The Professional Educators’ Union (PEU) is greatly pained by the decision by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, for learners to re-write Mathematics and Physical Science Paper II, that were leaked, as directed by Umalusi, who is the final arbiter on the credibility of our examinations.
Whilst this is a bitter pill to swallow, more especially that this is not a problem on our learners’ ow-making, it remains very difficult to establish who have seen the leaked papers and who have not seen them and as such, a re-write remains the only fair option that can be given to our learners under the circumstances.
The fact that this comes at a time when our learners are already engaging in wrapping stages of finalising their examinations, the news to re-write places a huge burden on their psyche, more especially taking into account the pressure they have been going through as a result of COVID-19.
We therefore enjoin all affected learners, our members, parents, community at large, to accept the decision by Umalusi, and prepare to re-write the papers as directed by DBE. We further urge our teachers, to give support once more to our learners, as they prepare to re-write. To our learners, this is simply a re-write and not the end of the world, which may give majority of you a chance to do much better on those questions they might have performed poorly. Remember, second chance is always the best chance.
It remains our fervent hope that this shall serve as a rude awakening and an eye-opener to DBE on their security systems when it comes to examination papers. We further urge DBE to continue engaging the law enforcement agencies, to get deeper into the root cause of these despicable deeds of criminality, bordering on a veil attack on our education system, and further call for a harsher sentence to all who be found implicated.