The DA’s shadow minister of education Gavin Davis has been threatened with disciplinary action by Minister of Education Angie Motshekga for revealing details about the upward adjustment of matric marks for the class of 2016.
Davis said Motshekga accused him of “unethical conduct” with regards to his questioning of the standardisation process of the matric marks.
“We assume from the weakness of the allegations in the Minister’s letter that it is little more than an attempt to bully us into silence,” said Davis.
He said it was “everybody’s right to know how the matric examination papers were marked, how they were moderated, and why the marks were adjusted”.
“We have put a number of questions to the CEO of Umalusi, Dr Mafu Rakometsi, regarding the standardisation process, and he has refused to answer.”
Rakometsi also refused to share documents which explain why 28 matric subject marks were adjusted upwards, said Davis.
“There may very well be good answers to all the questions we have asked regarding standardisation. But we need to hear these explanations,” said Davis.
“We need to probe and interrogate to make sure that the public interest is served. Minister Motshekga should be encouraging this, not trying to shut it down.”