By Jacques Smalle (MPL), Spokesperson education Limpopo:
The DA is outraged by the Limpopo department of Education’s utter incompetence in its overall management of the 2015 final examinations.
The leak of the Matric Life Sciences paper 2 just hours before the exam highlights the complete state of crisis that has engulfed the Department of Education in the province.
It is unfortunate that the National Minister, Angie Motshekga, is only now reacting at full tilt to a situation which was inevitable.
For weeks, the provincial department misled the public denying all claims of a compromised Grade 10 and 11 exams, despite early warnings from the DA that the process is compromised. Instead, it adamantly shifted the blame to school leadership as well as district and circuit offices.
The DA is not surprised at the leak of the final Life Science paper 2, considering the ineptness of the department in following the correct procurement procedures of obtaining exam photocopies.
Minister Motshekga’s delayed response is indicative of her lack of knowledge and oversight on the embattled provincial department.
The Minister’s belief that the exam crisis can be restricted to the Vhembe area clearly shows just how out of touch she is with the situation.
The DA re-iterates its call for Section 100 (1)(b) to be evoked on the overwhelmed Department of Education.
This is the only way of restoring the integrity of Limpopo education and we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those who are ultimately responsible are held accountable.