Umalusi finds compromised exams

2012-02-08 19:23

Johannesburg - The results of six higher education subjects have been approved after alleged irregularities, quality assurance body Umalusi said on Wednesday.

The subjects were not approved at the end of 2011 after allegations that the exams had been compromised, Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi said in a statement.

The affected subjects included electrical trade theory N2, electrotechnology N3, engineering science N3, industrial electronics N2, mathematics N3, and mechanotechnology N3.

"The irregularities were investigated by the department of higher education and training (DHET) and a report on the findings was submitted to Umalusi Council," Rakometsi said.

"Council has studied the report which indicates that the examinations for all except electrical trade theory N2 have been compromised, but with varying degrees across the different examination centres across the country."

Rakometsi said the report suggested that at some centres candidates might have had access to the question paper or memorandum or parts of it.

"... [W]here there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the examinations have been compromised, the results of these centres will be declared null and void and candidates will be given the opportunity to re-write in April 2012."

The results of all other centres would be released by the DHET, he said.

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