All ‘baby rape’ ques­tion an­swers to be ex­cluded

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — A ques­tion about baby rape in the ma­tric drama exam will be ex­cluded from the mark­ing process, the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment said yes­ter­day.

“The Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion does con­cede that parts of the ques­tion may have been per­ceived neg­a­tively by some learn­ers, de­pend­ing on their per­sonal back­grounds,” it said in a state­ment.

This came af­ter a meet­ing be­tween the ex­am­in­ing panel re­spon­si­ble for set­ting the drama pa­per, the in­ter­nal moder­a­tor, Umalusi, and pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments this week.

From a sam­ple of scripts marked, there was no com­pelling ev­i­dence con­firm­ing that the ques­tion “ad­versely af­fected” the pupils’ an­swers, but the depart­ment still de­cided to re­quest Umalusi to con­sider ex­clud­ing the ques­tion.

“The Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion has sub­mit­ted a for­mal re­quest to the qual­ity as­sur­ance coun­cil [Umalusi] to con­sider a con­ces­sion, where parts of the ques­tion that may have been per­ceived as of­fen­sive by some learn­ers be ex­cluded from the mark­ing process and the mark­ing guide­line be ad­justed to ac­com­mo­date this con­ces­sion.

“Umalusi has granted ap­proval and the mark­ing process across the coun­try in dra­matic arts will be ad­min­is­tered in ac­cor­dance with this amend­ment.”

The com­pul­sory ques­tion, based on Laura Foot Newton’s play Tshepang, re­quired pupils to de­scribe, us­ing a broom han­dle and a loaf of bread, how child rape could be dra­mat­i­cally de­picted on stage. — Sapa.

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