Dept of basic education, DA argue over teaching report

2016-09-15 21:49
School desks. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has refuted claims by the DA that it deliberately mislead the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education over the recent SACMEQ teaching report.

The DBE on Thursday said DA MP Gavin Davis was being "misleading" when he said the department knew the recent SACMEQ IV results were not comparable to the previous year's SACMEQ III results.

According to Davis, the department told the committee that there had been an improvement in learner performance, but a decrease in teaching performance from SACMEQ III to IV.

Davis said the department knew the two reports weren't methodologically comparable, but reported the "improvement" to the committee regardless.

Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said Davis was being "malicious" by suggesting the DBE had lied to Parliament.

Mhlanga said it was made clear in the committee meeting that the SACMEQ IV results omitted data from other countries and "still needed to be verified".

Davis however, told News24 on Friday that the department's presentation made it clear that the report had been double checked, and the department had been reassured over its accuracy.

Education researcher Nic Spaull resigned as a consultant to SACMEQ because the SACMEQ Secretariat had refused to deal with concerns he raised over the “comparability and validity of the findings".

Read Spaull's objections on his blog here.

Davis said he wrote to committee chairperson Nomulengelo Gina to request both Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Spaull appear before the committee to resolve the issue.

*Correction: This article has been updated. It had used the incorrect DA statement on the matter of the SACMEQ report.

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