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Durban Father to sue School

12 FEBRUARY 2018 – A Durban North father is fighting to get his son’s matric Afrikaans paper remarked after he was held back in Grade 11 due to his poor exam result.

The father said his son failed geography and Afrikaans last year, and thus Grade 11, but the Father believed that the Afrikaans mark was the result of an error. He had approached both the school and the department in a bid to get a re-mark but was unsuccessful.

The father on Monday approached the city’s high court with an urgent application against his son’s school in Durban North, the school principal, and the MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthandeni Dlungwana.

The man said after his son was advised that he had failed, he was called to a meeting with the deputy principal and the grade head. He was informed that the school was not prepared to assist his son.

He was also told that had it been another child (in my son’s) situation, the school would have assisted.

The man met with the principal to ask her if they could re-mark the paper to find the 3% that was required for him to pass, he said.

He said he took his son’s work to an independent Afrikaans teacher, who identified various discrepancies. The independent teacher stated that the (man’s) son ought to have been awarded an extra 5% to 8%, which would increase his final term mark to between 32% and 35%, with the result that he would’ve passed Grade 11 and been promoted to Grade 12.

The father said he finally managed to make contact with the department early last month. The matter was adjourned indefinitely and the costs of the application were reserved.

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