DA MP Gavin Davis has written this open letter to Umalusi over what he believes is an inappropriate upward adjustment in the matric pass mark:   Dear Dr Rakometsi I am writing this open letter to you in the spirit of constructive engagement. In doing so, my intention is to safeguard the integrity of our examination system, and to ensure that all learners get a fair deal. This open letter follows my personal correspondence with you, which contained a series of questions related to the standardisation of the matric marks. In your rather defensive reply marked ‘private and confidential’, you declined to answer my questions. As I am sure you will appreciate, as a Member of Parliament I have a constitutional obligation to “maintain oversight of the exercise of national executive authority.” The standardisation of our matric marks – as a joint exercise undertaken by Umalusi and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) – is such an exercise of executive authority. I would therefore be faili...

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