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Sadtu to appeal Labour Appeal Court ruling on increments in Constitutional Court

20 December 2020, 7:01 AM  |  SABC  | 

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says it will go to the Constitutional Court to appeal the Labour Appeal Court ruling that dismissed the application by public service unions to compel government to implement the third year of increases.

This emerged at Sadtu’s last NEC meeting for the year. The union says in a statement that the NEC believes the court should have looked at alternatives put forward by Labour such as the incremental implementation of the agreement.

Leaked Matric papers

Sadtu also says the NEC noted the union’s successful challenge against Basic Education at the Pretoria High Court on the rewriting of the leaked Physical Science Paper Two and Mathematics Paper Two.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will have to pay the court costs after she lost a bid to force matriculants to rewrite the two leaked exam papers.

Motshekga and the National Examinations Irregularities Committee (NEIC) are also ordered to mark unaffected exam papers as normal. The leak only affected 200 learners.

Motshekga had announced last Friday that learners would rewrite the two papers on December 15 and 17, respectively.

Motshekga says the papers must be rewritten to protect the integrity of the matric examinations:

Sadtu says quality assurance body, Umalusi, must abide by the ruling of the High Court in Pretoria and declare the national certificate examinations credible.

Sadtu along with lobby group Afriforum and a group of independent matric learners brought an urgent application to stop the rewrite.

Sadtu’s Nomusa Cembi says: “The court has ruled and Umalusi should abide by what the court has ruled because we feel that the exams is still credible in that it is a minority of learners and it those learners found to have access to the paper who should rewrite and not all the innocent learners who did not have access to the paper. Evidence shows that it is a minute number of learners who accessed the paper.”

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