Umalusi explains matric adjustments

2011-02-23 12:36
Pretoria - The results of nine 2010 exam papers set by the Eksamenraad vir Christelike Onderwys (Erco) were adjusted by Umalusi, the organisation said on Wednesday.

Accountancy, English first additional language, English home language, French second language, geography, mathematics, physical science and consumer studies were adjusted upwards. Civil technology was adjusted downwards.

Erco is the Examination Board for Christian Education.

Umalusi chairperson Sizwe Mabizela was presenting a lengthy explanation of when and how matric results were "standardised", following weeks of suspicion over the increase in last year's national matric pass rate and allegations that marks were inflated.

Last year, matrics had to contend with disruptions related to the Soccer World Cup and a public servants' strike during which many teachers abandoned their classrooms.

Integrity


Umalusi conceded that not sharing its "quality assurance processes" could damage the integrity of the country's matric results.

Mabizela said Umlusi had "... realised that failure to share with the South African public the quality assurance processes and decisions of Umalusi will potentially cause irreparable damage to Umalusi and the quality it assures."

Mabizela said political pressure had not resulted in Umalusi adjusting matric pass rates.

"We do not have some magical pass rate that we want to achieve," he said.

He said "some so-called experts have taken the gap to peddle all manner of uninformed and ill-considered claims".

Mabizela said 75% of the matric mark was from the exam and 25% was from a class-based assessment.



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