Tight security measures at matric exams Subject teachers will not invigilate subjects they teachSee more on page 12

2015-11-04 06:00

FOLLOWING reports of cheating by some matric pupils­ last year, the KZN Department of Education has beefed up security measures to prevent irregularities during this year’s national senior certificate examinations.

While exams started last week, most part of the province started the official examinations­ on Monday, 26 October, as they wrote their English first paper.

About 171 820 full-time matric candidates are writing exams this year and 29 321 part-time candidates.

KZN Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said while the presence­ of invigilators and monitors has been the norm over the years, this year the procedure will be intensified as there will be resident monitors.

“We have conducted thorough training for our invigilators and monitors based on previous experience. In the past external monitors would move around different schools, but this year, at some of the schools where we found there were irregularities, we will have resident monitors.

They will be stationed permanently at the schools over and above the invigilators. We have doubled our security. In cases where we find that security guards do not have gate keys, we will find that as an irregularity as they must immediately open for us when we arrive.”

In a press release KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni­ said the province has focused on quality invigilation, a safe invigilation timetable and monitoring capacity and subject teacher profile to ensure there are no examination­ malpractice.

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