Umalusi CEO defends decision to adjust IEB marks

Umalusi CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi has denied any suggestions of bias towards matric learners who fall under the Independent Examination Board (IEB).

This comes after Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi expressed dissatisfaction about the upward adjustment of maths results of the IEB learners.

The comments of the MEC have been very unfortunate... It's as good as comparing apples with oranges.

Dr Mafu Rakometsi, Umalusi CEO

Rakometsi explains that the IEB system is different to that of the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

The IEB has 12 000 learners and the DBE has 800 000 learners. These two systems write two different papers.

Dr Mafu Rakometsi, Umalusi CEO

We do these adjustments independently of each other. We deal with each assessment body individually.

Dr Mafu Rakometsi, Umalusi CEO

Umalusi has approved the 2018 matric exam results to be released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on 4 January 2019.

Rakometsi says there were no systemic irregularities that could have compromised the integrity of the overall results.

We are happy that the results are valid and credible.

Dr Mafu Rakometsi, Umalusi CEO

Listen to the response from Umalusi:


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