Understanding the matric exam row over marks adjustments

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on social media on Friday tweeted that he disagreed with the decision by Umalusi to adjust results upwards for IEB schools and Umalusi was unhappy with this statement.

Mary Metcalfe, professor of education and senior researcher at UJ talks to Phemelo Motene about the issue.

She says one needs to understand the policy framework first. Under the area called 'general education' for learners. Umalusi is the body established by law to quality assure the qualifications disbursed in education. She explains that there is a distinction between qualifications and assessment bodies.

The role of Umalusi is to assure the public can have confidence in those certificates, she explains.

The DBE cannot be its own judge, it cannot quality assure its own certificates.

Mary Metcalfe, UJ senior education researcher

The National Senior Certificate is therefore issued by Umalusi.

But the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is an independent which also offers a National Senior Certificate mainly for private schools. Thes examinations are also quality assured by Umalusi.

She explains how and why the results are adjusted.

I always say we should leave the expert work of standardisation to the standardisation experts.

Mary Metcalfe, UJ senior education researcher

Listen to the interview below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Understanding the matric exam row over marks adjustments


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