Matric cheating scandal spreads to more provinces

2015-01-04 09:05

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Johannesburg - Education oversight body Umalusi has said cheating in last year’s matric exams took place across seven of the country’s nine provinces – with KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape being the worst of the two.

According to the Sunday Times, Umalusi said the Department of Basic Education’s special investigative audit report had identified group copying as the primary form of cheating.

So far 58 of 117 centres audited in KZN and the Eastern Cape were found guilty of cheating along with six centres in Gauteng, one in the Northern Cape, one in North West, two in Mpumalanga and one in the Western Cape.

The newspaper has named the schools and reported that one of the worst offenders was Mpikayizekanye Secondary in Tugela Ferry, KZN, where Umalusi’s external moderators allegedly found evidence of possible assistance by an invigilator in the maths paper.

Another example of cheating was that of 40 candidates at another school all having the same answers “word for word”.

The department is meanwhile furious at Umalusi’s announcement to block the release of all results for exam centres implicated in the scandal. The department felt that only the release of results for affected subjects should be blocked.

The education department on Friday said however that all was on track for the release of matric results early this month, reported News24.

"Preparations for the release of National Senior Certificate examinations results are well underway," said department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga in a statement.

"The department... is on schedule to announce the national and provincial pass rates in January 2015."

On Monday, 5 January, Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the outcome of the examinations in a live broadcast flighted both on TV and on the department's website.

On Tuesday, results will be published in newspapers, classified according to examination numbers and not names.

"The department however urges candidates to obtain their results at the school or exam centre where they wrote their examination."

Teachers would be at the schools on Tuesday to answer queries and provide advice and support.

A total of 688 660 candidates were registered to write the year-end examination.

Of this number, 550 127 were full time students.

Kwazulu-Natal had the largest group of full time candidates and Gauteng had the lowest.

Girls dominated the cohort of 2014 candidates, making up 54.6% of the matric group.

Examinations were written across 6740 locations with 65 000 invigilators overseeing the five-week writing period.

A total of 41 000 markers at 118 marking venues then tackled the assessment of the examination papers produced.

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