School gets 0% pass rate in group cheating allegation

2015-01-08 00:00

ALLEGATIONS of group cheating during the 2014 matric exams resulted in a Pietermaritzburg school being shamed with a zero percent pass rate.

Bethel Christian School on Dookran Road in Lotusville is one of about 12 schools in KwaZulu-Natal that received a zero percent pass rate according to a report compiled by the KZN Department of Education.

The 2014 National Senior Certificate results report states that only five pupils were registered to write the matric exam at the independent school.

The report said of the five, one pupil wrote the exam and that pupil did not pass.

When The Witness called the school seeking answers on why it had performed poorly in the 2014 matric results, the principal, Manilal Moses, quickly defended his school.

Moses insisted there was a “big mix-up in the results” and that once rectified, his school would receive an 80% pass rate.

“The results were withheld because there was a problem with one of the exams; there was a slight problem with the geography paper. Once they have completed the investigation, they will come back to us. We are a very small school, five matric pupils wrote the exams in this school and the geography papers were withheld because there was suspicion of group cheating,” said Moses.

He was confident that his school would be cleared.

“It’s just one 10-mark question where they suspect pupils copied one another. The department will come back to us on Tuesday and we will be cleared,” he said.

“I received a letter from the department informing me about my school being involved in group cheating,” said Moses.

KZN Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi would not be drawn to comment saying that the department was still investigating the implicated schools.

“We don’t want to jeopardise the investigation,” said Mabhalmbi.


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