By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson for Education:
The DA calls for the immediate suspension of the MEC and HOD of the department of Education after having blatantly mislead the people of Limpopo over the current exam crisis in the province.
The DA has been made aware of a ‘confidential’ circular (click-here) sent out by the department earlier today, which effects a new timetable for the third time.
The new timetable has the following implications:
- Life Orientation Grade 10 exam paper scheduled for today , is postponed
- Economics Grade 11 paper will now be written three days later on the 26th of November.
This after the Department assured the country that there were no ‘crippling’ glitches’. Yet, this contradicts its earlier sentiments where it admits to having experienced ‘unforeseen hiccups’.
The DA takes exception to media reports which indicate that the MEC insinuated that management and leadership of schools were to blame for the current final exam crisis.
The MEC and HOD have failed to deal with the specific allegations levelled against the department, and instead have shifted the blame back-and-forth to cover up the rot that currently reeks uncontrollably.
The DA is concerned that this ‘confidential’ circular neither guarantees the stability nor the integrity of Gr.10 and 11 exams.
We urge the Premier Stanley Mathabatha to show the ultimate form of leadership- suspend the MEC and HOD of this troubled department in order to protect and defend the rights of 187 001 Grade 10 learners and 144 026 Grade 11 learners, to a quality education.