James Masango MPL Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition Mpumalanga MEC for education Reginah Mhaule must immediately launch an investigation into faulty assessment exam papers and ensure that no learner is unfairly prejudiced by this scandalous mistake. The DA this morning received a copy of the Nkangala district’s March 2013 Common Task Assessment for Grade 7 English Language and its memorandum. Shockingly, the 5-page question paper contained no less than 83 spelling and grammatical errors, and the two-page memorandum a further 27. The memorandum also contains no answers to Question 6, potentially costing learners 10 marks. To view the question paper and memorandum click here. Spelling and grammatical errors on a language use question paper and its memorandum put learners’ marks at unnecessary risk, as they would be penalised for the mistakes of others. The DA finds it absolutely ridiculous that MEC Mhaule would expect learners to do well in an exam such as this, and she must investigate. To this end, the DA will write to MEC Mhaule requesting an urgent investigation into the origins of the paper and the amount of learners who sat for the paper. We will request MEC Mhaule to pay special attention to persons responsible for compiling the paper, whether they possess the necessary subject competencies to do so, and to take decisive action against these individuals. We will also request MEC Mhaule to draw up an accurate and complete memorandum, immediately circulate it to all schools in the district, and have the papers re-marked accordingly. The DA will continue to monitor the situation until it is rectified.