3 000 matric exam cheats given a second chance

2015-08-13 15:39
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More than 3 000 matric pupils who were involved in “group copying” last year will rewrite the exams at the end of the year, the basic education department has announced. 

Addressing journalists in Pretoria, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said their results had been nullified and as such, they would have to sit down for a fresh round of exams with this year’s class. 

Early this year the department launched an investigation following revelations that groups of pupils at 153 exam centres in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng were given the answers to exam questions. 

“The investigations have revealed that group copying did indeed take place in a number of implicated examinations centres. In the majority of the examination centres where learners cooperated with the process, the results of these candidates have been nullified but the affected learners will be permitted to write the examination this year during the October/November national senior certificate sitting.” 

Motshekga laid the blame at the door of teachers and principals, charging them for facilitating the group copying. 

“Copying is a very, very serious offence. They will be charged. Some school principals told teachers to do group copying. It is mainly teachers and principals.” 

About 153 centres were implicated, said Motshekga, adding that candidates whose results were cleared will be released. 

“To ensure that candidates are not unduly penalised, candidates will be given 21 days to appeal the nullification of their results.

Written notifications will be provided to individual candidates informing them of the opportunity to appeal. 

Meanwhile, the department also announced the appointment of Matanzima Mweli as the new director-general. 

Mweli replaces Bobby Soobrayan, who the department axed in 2014 at the insistence of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union. 

Motshekga said she had faith in the highly experienced Mweli. 

“Mweli comes to the position with a wealth of experience and an in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges in the sector.”

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