The Department of Basic Education (DBE) notes the disingenuous and misleading statement issued by the Democratic Alliance (DA) relating to the SACMEQIV results.
Mr Gavin Davis, a DA MP and member of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee, is aware that the report presented to the Basic Education Portfolio Committee on Tuesday (13 September 2016) is the preliminary results of SACMEQIV.
It was clear from the report that was presented to the Portfolio Committee that some information from other countries had not been included. As a result we could not share their information until the verification is done and the final report is released. The explanation in this regard was volunteered from the beginning of the presentation and throughout the discussions on this matter.
We would like to urge the DA and its representatives to check their records and read documents before issuing irresponsible statements such as the one that they have issued. Their statement is not only factually inaccurate, but is indeed baseless, devoid of any truth and extremely malicious.
To reiterate, what Mr Davis and the rest of the Portfolio committee were told when the preliminary report was presented, is that it is just that, a preliminary report. A verification process is currently underway, and it is for this reason that we have not yet released the full report to the broader public. The DBE has therefore in no way misled parliament as suggested by the DA and in the process of complete transparency has kept Parliament abreast of developments as they occur. Contrary to the DA’s assertion, the Minister of Basic Education therefore has no question to answer.
The Department stands by the positions it holds on this matter, which is that we have been in possession of the SACMEQIV preliminary report since the beginning of the year and the Minister did briefly refer to this during her budget speech. It then goes without saying that the Department is fully aware of the issues raised in this regard and would urge all those who are interested to engage on this matter to remember that at this stage what has been presented and made available remains a preliminary report which is undergoing an extensive verification process.
It is unclear at this stage what the motives of some researches, which have also misled the public in this same regard, are. They themselves are the ones who have caused the delay in the release of the results by raising issues around the data contained in the preliminary report. It is for this reason that we are now going through this verification process to ensure that the information we use to inform interventions in the sector is of the utmost integrity.
Enquiries: Elijah Mhlanga – 083 580 8275 | Troy Martens – 079 899 3070
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION