The Matric as Metric : Public Positions on Social Justice

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014 - 16:30

Live video streaming of this event is available here.

WISER, the Department of Politics and History Workshop invite you to join us for the seventh (and last 2014) panel discussion in the series of Public Positions on Social Justice.   In this session Stephanie Allais (Wits School of Education) will present a short paper which will be discussed by the following panel:


  • Shireen Hassim (Wits Politics) will chair


  • Ruksana Osman (Dean, Faculty of Humanities)
  • Nick Taylor (CEO National Education Evaluation and Development Unit)

On-line streaming of this event will be available from approximately 5:15pm.

Refreshments will be served and we ask those who plan to attend to RSVP to Najibha Deshmukh ( before May 22.

Brief:  The annual matric results encompass a wide set of social and economic aspirations. Matric acts as the symbolic indicator of the health of the schooling system and acts as the entry point for positions in the workforce and in higher education. Yet what is it that the matric measures? Are we reducing education purely to that which can be standardised and measured in instrumental fashion? How do other countries deal with the need for standardised testing? What alternative systems could be used?  How can we design a system of evaluating education that better supports social justice?