Examinations get under way

2008-10-27 00:00

Jacarandas in flower remind us that preparation for matric exams is under way, and that success in matric is important: it’s a milestone for each young person, marking the end of childhood and the beginning of a potentially productive adult life. On its own matric may not carry one far, but without it no worthwhile career is possible.

The exams therefore need to be taken seriously, with candidates working hard for their passes and not wasting time and energy seeking ways of cheating. KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Ina Cronjé last week made it clear that cheats will be dealt with severely, either by being prevented from writing (and possibly banned from doing so for several years) or, if they’ve already written, having their results declared null and void. Particularly heinous instances may lead to arrest.

It’s essential that the department make good on this undertaking, for cheats devalue and undermine the credibility of the matric as an academic qualification. Let us hope the complex administrative process runs smoothly and wish the candidates well as their school days come to an end.

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