KZN matric marker tests: MEC must place learners before Sadtu

Tom Stokes, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Education

The Democratic Alliance challenges KZN Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni to confront Sadtu and show that she has the political will to implement matric marker competency assessments in the province.

This after an announcement yesterday by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that her department plans to push ahead with competency tests across the country, despite opposition from the trade union.

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes this significant step in the right direction.

For to long, the national and provincial education departments have been more concerned with Sadtu’s demands than the needs of learners and parents.

Motshekga’s move is undoubtedly the closest that education officials have come to snubbing the trade union’s demands that their members are not tested.

There can be no doubt that the move to ensure that markers are competent will ultimately increase the credibility and quality of matric exams, both here in KZN and nationally.

This has already been shown in the DA-led Western Cape, where competency tests have been the norm for the past three years, resulting in more reliable and credible matric outcomes.

MEC Nkonyeni cannot pass up this opportunity.  She must act swiftly to ensure that the thousands of learners set to write their matric exams at the end of this year are not compromised by unskilled markers.