Pupil gets a zero for swearing

2014-02-06 15:29
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Johannesburg - A pupil's matric result has been declared null and void after he swore in an examination paper, a spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant said on Thursday.

"One candidate used inappropriate language in an examination script with reference to the marker (who was not known to the pupil)," said Bronagh Casey. "The sanction was that the result in that subject was declared null and void."

She said the pupil would, however, be allowed to write the 2014 February/March supplementary exam in that subject.

Casey would not be drawn on what subject paper the pupil had been writing, or what exactly the remark was.

"We are not disclosing that information," she said.

There were eight cases of irregularities which were reported and investigated in the province last year.

Cellphones and crib notes

These included pupils who were in possession of cellphones inside an exam room, candidates found in possession of unauthorised materials or crib notes, and candidates using inappropriate language in an answer script.

In the 2013 matric exam, five pupils were found in possession of cellphones and were sanctioned, but could write the 2014 exam.

Another pupil found using a cellphone was barred from writing the exam for two years. He would be allowed to write the 2016 matric exam.

One person found in possession of crib notes was also barred from writing the exam for two years.

All eight had their results declared null and void, she said.

"When the candidate’s results are declared null and void, the result for the specific subject is marked as irregular but the candidate will receive results for the other subjects as well as a letter informing the candidate about the irregularity that occurred and the sanction imposed," said Casey.

"The candidate will not receive a National Senior Certificate until she/he rewrites the subject and applies for a combination of results."

In 2012, the results of 17 pupils were declared null and void in the province.

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