South Africa’s Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi), has approved the release of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results.
Professor John Volmink, chairperson of the statutory body’s executive committee, said in a media briefing this morning that only results of matrics implicated in group copying and paper leakages would be withheld.
The executive committee of council approves the release of the DBE results of the November 2020 NSC based on available evidence that the examinations were administered in accordance with the examination policies and regulations (despite) the generally identified irregularities.
He told media that the DBE is required to block the results of candidates implicated in irregularities including the candidates involved in group copying pending the outcome of further DBE investigations.
He explained that the leakages of the Mathematics paper 2 and Physical Sciences paper 2 question papers did not compromise the credibility of the exams and maintained that the leaks almost forced the rewriting of the papers by all matric learners.
The Pretoria High Court ruled the papers should not be rewritten after an urgent application by organisations, including AfriForum and the SA Democratic Teachers Union.
Volmink said However, the executive committee is satisfied that based on available evidence there were no systemic irregularities which might have compromised the overall credibility and integrity of the November 2020 National Senior Certificate administered by the Department of Basic Education.
Volmink said the DBE (Department of Basic Education) should be commended for administering credible exams despite the challenges faced during 2020, including the one that affected us all, Covid-19.