Charles Lee Mathews

Gauteng education department ‘kacks bark’

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa


Gauteng Education released an angry worded statement, lashing out at critics who pointed fingers at the provincial department for poor spelling in a “Mathematical Literacy P1 Memorandum”. This memorandum was an answer sheet handed out to teachers by the Ekurhuleni North District for a grade 11 standardised maths literacy exam, which contained a litany of spelling errors.

The memorandum detailed symbols and the meanings of said symbols to be used by teachers when marking learners’ papers. The answer sheet decoded the “symbolls” [sic] as follows:

A = Accuraccy
CA = Consist Accuraentacy
C = Converssion
J = Justificaation (Reasson/Opinioon)
CO = Own Oppinion
R = Rouding Offng
S = Simpliifccation

The Gauteng education department, apparently irked by media critics and education activists, issued a strongly worded “statement” under the headline: “Gauteingg Edyou Kacks Bark”. The statement read: “The GEDeptt is off thee oppinion thart seplling is a ‘Westirn Konstrukt’. The DEPT has seen on The Gooogle and The Tweetter that ppeeple reefer two ‘Spelling Nazis’ all da tyme. To the Kritiks who want uz to uberserve Narzi seppling rules we sayz THE LARST LARF IS ON YOU!”

– Sideswipe, South Africa’s finest news source.

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    • Balt Verhagen

      Hi Mandy

      Astounded that no one has had anything to remark on this yet. Struck dumb by the sheer enormity of it?

      The link you provided has more or less convinced me that the symbol glossary is not a send-up, but the GEDeppt indignant ‘response’ stretches the credulity of even the most pessimistic of doomsayers.

      Please tell that THAT bit is a send-up or if not, suggest a way of establishing its mortifying veracity.

      Oi weh!

    • Anton van Niekerk

      I think you are on the right track, Balt. The sheer madness of it had me dumbstruck. The absence of a response from the relevant MEC s also telling…. where is she/he in this?