Maximum security in place to prevent exam cheating

2015-10-23 11:00
Matrics wait anxiously for their results. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Matrics wait anxiously for their results. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - The number of candidates writing their matric exams has grown substantially, according to Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni.

Speaking before the KZN Legislature, Nkonyeni said the number of people registered for the National Senior Certificate is 201 150, up 16,2% from last year. The majority of Grade 12 pupils are female.

And Nkonyeni said the training of invigilators is an area where they “paid serious attention” after the cheating scandal that rocked the province last year.

She said subject teachers will not invigilate the subjects that they teach or subjects within their learning field or subject grouping.

The MEC said the possible reasons for the increase in matric examination candidates is due to the increase in the number of full-time repeaters and supplementary candidates, some of whom are those found cheating in 2014.

“Out of 22 schools (accused of irregularities during the 2014 exams) 11 had their hearings completed.

“There have been 46 confessions which allowed the national minister of education to nullify their 2014 NSC results and they are allowed to rewrite this year.

“For the 11 outstanding schools, six are represented by lawyers, three schools did not attend hearings and two had their hearings but did not complete them,” said Nkonyeni.

“We have ensured maximum security at nodal points by making sure they are all fenced, have gates as well as security guards.”

The department has registered 1 683 public schools as examination centres.

Nkonyeni said 27 marking centres, staffed by 8 101 markers, will open on November 28 and officially close on December 18, with the results being released on January 6. The closing date for re-marking will be January 19.

The DA’s MPL for Education Mbali Ntuli does not share Nkonyeni’s confidence.

Ntuli said they have received calls from several schools that are not ready for the examination period.

Ntuli said while Nkonyeni was putting in an “effort” with several programmes in education, there are still senior and district managers are “arrogant” and who seldom answer questions put to them as part of the legislature’s oversight.

The IFP’s Thembeni Mthethwa said any results published in January 2016 will be viewed with suspicion until there is full disclosure by the department into the cheating scandal of 2014 and “punitive measures” taken against officials and teachers are made public.

The EFF’s Vukani Ndlovu accused the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union of being central to cheating

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