By Mbali Ntuli, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Education:
THE DA calls on KZN Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, to provide the provincial Education portfolio committee with a detailed plan on her department’s steps to stop group copying during this year’s matric exams, just a few short months away.
The request comes after the province was embroiled in a scandal implicating 22 schools in 2014, leading to an enquiry which remains incomplete due to alleged intimidation of investigating officials.
Late last week media reports confirmed that KZN learners would more than likely be allowed to re-sit their matric exams later this year, while educators who are found to have assisted them look set to face harsh punishment.
The DA in KZN welcomes this news. We have always felt that learners deserve to be given a second chance but that those teachers – all of whom are grown adults – found to have been involved in this scandal must face the consequences.
As we approach this year’s matric finals, we need an assurance from the MEC that her department has a plan to deal with group copying. We expect her to present this plan at the next portfolio committee meeting.
KZN education must never find itself in such a situation again.
The MEC owes this much to the thousands of learners who work hard and fully deserve their matric qualification.