Matriculants are warned against accep-ting answers that are imposed on them. Northern Cape MEC for Education Martha Bartlett warned that by doing this, they will face these consequences: The imposed answers will be detec-ted at the marking centre. The system has advanced ways of detecting such answers. The learner’s results in the implicated subject or paper will be blocked for further investigation. The investigation and hearings are a long process which may be concluded after the opening of tertiary institutions in 2018. As the learner will be waiting for the outcome of the hearings, other 2017 matriculants will be busy with their first year’s tertiary education studies. This means that such a learner’s life will come to a complete standstill, as he or she will be waiting for the outcome of the investigations and hearings. If the learner is found guilty of accepting imposed answers, his or her results will be declared null and void. The learner may be barred from writing the National Senior Certificate examination for a period of one, two or three years depending on the decision of the chairperson of the hearing committee. The learner will be given an opportunity to appeal the decisions taken by the hearing committee, which is another long-drawn process which will further delay the results. Whilst waiting for the outcome of the appeal, the learner’s peers will be continuing with their tertiary education studies.