By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA Spokesperson for Education:
The DA is outraged by the sudden decision of the Department of Education to reschedule Grade 10 and 11 final English exams which were meant to be written today.
While the department states that this was to reduce the ‘workload’ upon learners, the DA received reports that provincial treasury had to make 2.1 million copies of exam papers due to the sheer lack preparation and willingness from the education department.
The rescheduling of exams highlights the shambolic state of the department and the overall lack of resources experienced by many underprivileged schools across the province.
The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education to summon the MEC to account for this examination crisis which will no doubt have dire implications for schools that already lack in basic resources or struggle accessing instant communication with the department.
The DA further calls for internal disciplinary measures against the official/s responsible for preparations and delivery including possible suspension.