Dept supports Umalusi report

2011-02-24 19:12

Cape Town - The department of basic education said on Thursday it hoped Umalusi's decision to reveal how it adjusted the 2010 matric results put to rest any notion of political interference in the process.

"The department trusts that the matter will now be put to rest and that the suspicions regarding some sort of political interference regarding the increase in the number of candidates who passed the national senior certificate will come to and end," it said in a statement.

It said Umalusi's report confirmed a "rigorous process of moderation and standardisation" and reiterated its support for the members of the Umalusi council.

"Umalusi's report... confirms that the standardisation meeting at which the performance in each subject was analysed statistically and qualitatively did indeed ensure that the performance of the class of 2010 was in keeping with performance in previous years."

The department said it supported Umalusi's decision to go public "even though this has not occurred anywhere else in the world".

Umalusi revealed on Wednesday that it had adjusted upwards marks in nine 2010 matric papers set by the department of basic education.

These were accountancy, consumer studies, English home language, English first additional language, geography, mathematics, Sotho home language, Tswana home language and Venda home language.

Subjects adjusted downwards were: agricultural sciences, civil technology, electrical technology, Ndebele home language, Zulu home language, Xhosa first additional language, life sciences, religion studies, SiSwati home language, and Tsonga home language.

Umalusi chairperson Sizwe Mabizela took the unusual step of explaining when and how matric results were "standardised" after weeks of suspicion over the increase in last year's national matric pass rate and allegations that marks were inflated.

  • Appietrader - 2011-02-24 20:06

    Why the adjustment of marks. a Student must get the true marks in each subject, then the student knows his abilities, to be proud of. Adding to the marks is unfair to the student, for unfair expectations might be expected from students?????

      Michael - 2011-02-24 20:19

      You are definitely ignorant (appie) of what happens in education system globally. Marks are adjusted everywhere across the globe, and it has been happening since donkey years. Are you only finding that out now? Check upward and downward adjutments you will notice a principle of debit and credit. You are only commenting on adding to the marks? What about subtraction? Why are you concentating on one leg, biased moron?

      Worldwise - 2011-02-25 01:17

      @Appie. If you further your education you will come upon something used in statistical studies called the Normal Distribution Curve, commonly known as the bell curve, from its appearance. It is a scientific mathematically based graph used to determine the average , upper and lower limits of statistical data in everything from quality control in manufacturing to results in population dynamics. The average of all data calculated should fall precisely in the middle of the curve. If it doesn't a skewed result is presented to the norm and all results are then adjusted up or down to fit the norm. Hope this clears up your misconceptions.

  • - 2011-02-24 20:17

    Too little too late. After the refusal to make known the adjustments, suspicion increased and millions of lost faith in Umalusi and with it went Umalusi's credibilty. all future results released by Umalusi will always be taken wih reservation.

  • Zinki - 2011-02-24 20:20

    A fancy complicated way of saying the standards were dropped this year. I hoped it would never happen. These poor kids have been set up for a big failure in tertiary education or in their future careers. Some can't even do the 3 R's properly and they get varsity passes. Sad but true.

      Michael - 2011-02-25 04:45

      @zinki, why do you think they were dropprd. You clearly have no clue how results are presented worldwide. nine papers were adjusted upwards and 10 were adjusted downwards. This happens every year even before you were conceived (i.e. if you have ever been)and the fact that you found it out now does not mean it never happened. Where is dropping standards if you adjust 9 upwards and 10 downwards?

  • LucyInTheSky - 2011-02-24 20:51

    @Michael ...AppieT was just stating his have a right to disagreewith that and to state why you do....but, do you get a kick out of degrading people for their opinions by calling them "moron".

  • Nomaswazi - 2011-02-24 21:27

    I think the adjustment of marks is unfair because its not a true reflection of the students academic performance.I am a postgraduate(a clinical nurse practitioner), had applied to study Medicine but my application was unsuccessful because I was competing for acceptance with applicants who's marks were adjusted and mine were not.It is quite sad because I was denied an opportunity of a lifetime and I'm still hurting. If this is how the education system is run then South Africa will never be a developed country! I really question Malusi's patriotism! South africa's growth,development and prosperity is in the hands of bogus graduates; thanks to Malusi.

      Worldwise - 2011-02-25 01:20

      @Nomaswazi. Read my post above. It is impossible that your marks would not be adjusted while others were. As a post graduate student you should definitely be aware of the bell curve! If not, your education was not up to scratch.

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