Principal in hot water for extra exams

2010-11-01 15:32

Durban - A KwaMashu school principal has been barred from acting as chief invigilator of his school's matric exams after extra question papers were found in his possession, the KwaZulu-Natal education department said on Monday.

“We are still conducting further investigations. Our duty was to remove him (from) the management of matric exams at the school,” spokesperson Mbali Thusi said.

“At the moment he is still continuing with his normal duties as the principal of the school.”

On Friday the department suspended the principal of JE Ndlovu High School as the school's chief matric invigilator.

Exam monitors visited the school last week on Wednesday and found 14 candidates writing the history paper one examination. However, the team discovered the principal had collected 20 question papers.

He was asked to hand over the extra six copies. When he handed over five, he was questioned about the last paper. It was in his office and the answers had been filled in.

The principal was called to a meeting with district officials and senior provincial examination officials, where he allegedly confessed to breaches of policy.

The administration of the exams was taken over by the district office. A deputy principal from another school would be appointed to oversee exam writing at the school.