Penelope Winjevold, Prof. Sudan Hansraj, Prof. A three-person panel – including Nick Heidemann – investigates how an error in a matric exam paper misled examiners and moderators tasked with assessing the matric exam before it was printed.
The panel is set to share its final report with the Quality Assurance Council Umalusi on January 16, 2023.
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Dr. Umalusi CEO said the error will not be punished and the release of matric results on January 16, 2023 will not be pushed back. Maafu Rakometsi assured matric learners.
In short The maths question, worth seven marks and riling up matric candidates and teachers, is reported to have triggered the inquiry.
In addition to the challenges of sitting the exam amid blackouts, the matric class of 2022 had to tackle an ‘impossible’ trigonometry question in Mathematics Paper 2. According to Grade 12 math teachers and learners who wrote the paper… https://t.co/JRg6H3VcTV
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According to Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga, once a paper is written, there is an informal memo discussion involving students and subject teachers to see how they fared in the previous exam.
It was during these discussions that the students mentioned the difficulties they had in question 5. He said complaints came from all corners of South Africa.
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News24 It was earlier reported that Mhlanga assured the students not to worry about this.
“We will look into it. We have a panel that reviews every paper. If there is an error, the first step is to remove the mark so that no one is compromised.
“If an error has been declared, we will tell the markers to ignore question 5 so that everyone is protected and fair.
“Since the test is out of 100, everyone will be marked at 93. The second step is to see what impact that has had on the students.”
Explaining what he meant, some students complained about wasting time looking for answers. Others ended up frustrated and stressed.
Mhlanga said officials will check the overall performance of the students. If the question is confirmed to have affected their test, the department will ask Umalusi to adjust the mark upwards by 1% or 2%.