Department of Education exam probe – Too little and too late

By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA spokesperson for Education:

The DA takes exception to the lack of accountability and seriousness shown by the Limpopo EducationMEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, in dealing with the exam leak crisis in the province.

Sending a team to probe the extent of the Matric examinations leaks a week later, is reactionary and only deals with the aftermath and not the cause.

The DA has consistently brought various issues to the attention of the top leadership of education in Limpopo such as:

  • Poor financial and non-financial performance by officials who lack the appropriate competencies
  • Slow response by political leadership to root causes of negative financial audits
  • Continuous non-compliance with laws and regulations such as Supply Chain Management

The exam leaks which surfaced during last week’s Matric Life Sciences Paper 2, exposed that lack of consequence for poor performance and transgressions by department officials  still haunts the crippled Limpopo Department of Education.

The DA believes that we can ensure quality education through accountable officials/ public servants who are willing to sign performance agreements and are open to constant oversight and monitoring.

Both the MEC and the Minister have shown the ultimate disregard for the exam leak crisis when they put the  provincial examination team in charge of guarding the integrity of exams which they already comprised during the Grade 10’s and Grade 11 final exams.

We call on the leadership to self-introspect and be transparent with the people of this province; to account for any wrong doing, suspend those who are guilty for the leaks and for the overall poor management in the department.

We urge the HOD to stringently comply with the recommendations made by the UMALUSI examination readiness report of Limpopo which highlight a plethora of challenges such as weak exam paper storage facilities.