Education Department ditches competence test for markers

Angie cancels competency tests
Angie ditches competence tests for matric markers

Not all those marking this year’s matric exam papers will have sat a test to demonstrate their competence, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

“Not all the provincial education departments will implement the competency test for markers in 2013, as initially planned,” she said in a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Tuesday.

The reason was she had not yet approved a policy on administration of such a test, due to the need for further consultation with one of the teacher unions that had opposed the writing of the competency test.

Her reply does not name the union, but later refers to it as the country’s “major” teacher union. The largest teacher union in South Africa, with 240 000 members, is the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).

Motshekga said she would meet the union to address their concerns and finalise the policy.

“However, given that most of the [provincial education departments] are at an advanced stage of appointing their markers for the 2013 National Senior Certificate examination, the official implementation of the competency test will be scheduled for 2014,” she said. – Sapa