Cheating matric learners win court bid to get examination results

By Drum Digital
16 January 2017

A Thohoyandou High Court Ruling has forced the Department of Education to release the matric results of cheating students. The school's owner is accused of leaking the papers.

The Department of Basic Education expressed its contempt towards a Thohoyandou High Court Ruling that allowed learners at the New Era College access to their matric results despite investigations by the Hawks confirming that the Maths Paper 2 was leaked to a number of students.

The school in Giyani, Limpopo, is owned by Tinyiko Elphas Khosa who appeared in court in December after being found to be behind the leak and was granted R4 000 bails.

On Sunday, Elijah Mhlanga the department’s spokesperson,  said the court ruling is sending the wrong message, that learners can cheat and go to court to force the department to hand over their results even though they might be found to be guilty.

“We are extremely disappointed because there's evidence indicating that there was wrongdoing and a person was arrested on the matter,” he said.

“There's also evidence that shows learners had access to the examinations question paper before it was written.”

The Department says it was instructed by Umalusi to withhold the results of the learners at New Era College pending an investigation by the Hawks and the department’s own internal processes.

Mhlanga says the court judgement, allowing for students to receive their results, is undermining their attempts to protect the quality of education in South Africa and the integrity of the examination system.

Investigations revealed that students had access to the exam question paper before it was written and that it had been circulating between schools in Limpopo and Johannesburg via WhatsApp text messaging.

The Department says it will be launching an appeal.

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