2 800 pupils involved in matric cheating

2015-01-30 15:31

Durban - More than 2 800 matric pupils and at least 34 teachers and principals in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were allegedly involved in mass cheating, the education department said in Durban on Friday.

A total of 2 089 pupils in KwaZulu-Natal and 778 pupils in the Eastern Cape were implicated in cheating during the 2014 matric exams, basic education department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga told reporters.

No results from the affected papers, written at 19 KwaZulu-Natal and 14 Eastern Cape exam centres, would be released.

"The decision has been taken to further block all the results. In the Eastern Cape, the results will remain blocked," he said.

Over the past two weeks, the department had conducted interviews with invigilators and pupils.

"People have now committed themselves in writing to answering in a certain way, and in some cases people have implicated themselves even further.

"In other cases people are saying some interesting things that have attracted the attention of those conducting the probe."

He said there had been a few confessions, mostly from pupils. These had strengthened the investigators' evidence.

"There are clear patterns that there was co-ordinated assistance."

The motive for teachers taking part in the cheating had not been determined.

"One of the learners did say that the teachers at the school were lazy. They were not teaching, and many periods passed by without a teacher."

It was suspected that teachers or principals provided help to pupils to make up for the lack of teaching during the year.

Mhlanga said some pupils sitting the exams had crossed out their own answers and inserted identical wrong answers. He conceded it was worrying that, apart from the cheating, the teachers appeared not to know the correct answers.

In one exam question, pupils were asked to explain the similarities between the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Nuremberg Trials, held after WWII.

"It's difficult to have 30 people having the same own words," said Mhlanga.

It was not known when the department's formal hearings into the matter would be completed, but those who had a case to answer would be allowed legal representation. Those found guilty could be banned from writing matric for up to three years.

He said the department was implementing measures aimed at preventing such problems recurring. Mhlanga said he could not reveal details of these as the measures were still being reviewed and needed approval.

  • Pule Mogale - 2015-01-30 15:36

    Our future leaders.

      KevinKing - 2015-01-30 15:55

      They'll be mass copying when they put their X's on voting ballots...

      Lynn Hugo - 2015-01-30 15:58

      African leaders, who become the heros of kids. What's good for the heros is good for the kids. Where do we draw the line when africa's morals are totally different from the rest of the world!!!! (Cheat, steel, deny and lie.) Basic 101 in Africa. !!!!!

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2015-01-30 16:05

      Another good story to tell,hey Ninja Turtle??

      Bob Van Wilder - 2015-01-30 16:16


      Mally Gee - 2015-01-30 20:12

      A nation of despicable dishonesty!

      NoeNoe - 2015-01-31 00:24

      I think the author/reporter forgot one or more zeros on the figure of 2800.

      Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2015-02-11 18:32

      Well you need to be a criminal from the start to get into the anc. No criminal record "no entry" to the anc. The more severe your criminal record the higher the position in the anc.

  • Desmond Jones - 2015-01-30 15:40

    The top officials in government cheat What do you expect

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2015-01-30 16:38

      Can you imagine if this happened in the Western Cape? We would never hear the end of it..Hahaha..suck it up ANC puppets.

  • Stuart Shaw - 2015-01-30 15:42

    Surprised..... NOT

  • Ian - 2015-01-30 15:50

    So, that explains why they play with fireworks at exam time instead of studying

  • deon.botha.146 - 2015-01-30 15:53

    This must be a cultural thing in KZN. Brought to you by Jacob van Riebeeck.

  • monto.isaacs - 2015-01-30 16:09

    Look at it this way,at least tomorrows domestic workers will have matric doesn't matter how they got it.

  • Pamela Angeline Harvey - 2015-01-30 16:09

    Criminals in the making. Dishonesty at this age and time of their young lives, what will they do next? Is this follow the Leader no 1? Suppose you too could become No. 1.

  • Vukeya McMzamani Rninoceros - 2015-01-30 16:09

    Cheating is not a problem, the problem is when you are cought

      Pierre Jonker - 2015-01-30 16:11

      You were obviously not caught....or is it cought....stole your Matric as well did you?

      Pule Mogale - 2015-01-30 16:12

      Really? I suppose raping, murdering, stealing etc, is not a problem either, unless you get caught.

      Michael Southfrica - 2015-01-30 16:51

      Another troll... I really hope you're trolling and not serious.

  • Attera Eternus - 2015-01-30 16:11

    Mass cheating, but the pass rate is still low? Future leaders. Corruption in the making.

  • Dan Danukdhari - 2015-01-30 16:17

    This is Just the tip of the iceberg, not counting all the other years

  • Shadrack Mhango - 2015-01-30 16:22

    Shame!!!! Does this explain how unexpectedly there is an increase in pass rate in "some" provinces? Can we say it only 2014 or, maybe this time we had a whistle blower?

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2015-01-30 16:38

    They cheat because the Department of Higher Education tells them it is very important to pass. it is not important. Not with a 37,9% pass rate. S

  • Michael Southfrica - 2015-01-30 16:50

    Eastern Cape, Limpopo (and KZN) are the armpits of South Africa. So badly run and corrupt!

  • Ria Cook - 2015-01-30 16:52

    Sounds like the tip of the iceberg.

  • Braam Compion - 2015-01-30 17:34

    You can survive looting spaza shop loving in a shack and getting your electricity from the traffic light...oooo and you have matric

  • Whitemouse - 2015-01-30 17:36

    They should not get the opportunity to rewrite for 3 years! Suspend the teachers

  • Sarite Gabriel Staas - 2015-01-30 18:24

    The lazy teachers are the result that so many are now doing homeschooling and then the government want to jail the parents and take the kids away, but the teachers are not even qualified to teach our children.

  • roslyndavidrose - 2015-01-30 19:08

    How sad for the children who did actually learn

  • Prakash Singh - 2015-01-30 19:21

    Future African National Corrupt members of parliament. Steal, cheat, lie, duck and dive like the corrupt Zuma.

  • Snegugu Mbali Mzobe - 2015-01-30 19:40

    what will happen to those who never cheated and how sure are they about this

  • sthembize.zulu - 2015-01-30 19:45

    The teachers involved should be summarily dismissed

  • sthembize.zulu - 2015-01-30 19:47

    The teachers involved should be summarily dismissed if not for dishonesty then for stupidity

  • Altus Kirsten - 2015-01-30 19:49

    In their DNA to be corrupt?

  • Lyell Van Der Walt - 2015-01-30 22:12

    Come on, the pass mark is what.... 30% ? And you still need to cheat? Remember these words for they will serve you well : "Check oil and water?"

  • Graham Grant Hayward - 2015-01-31 07:31

    All white schools I suppose ???

  • Tarryn Hatting - 2015-01-31 09:14

    Cheat, lie, steal, black

  • Daniel Nunes - 2015-01-31 10:26

    VIVA cANCer VIVA Africa VIVA!!!!!

  • Simon Davies - 2015-01-31 13:44

    Clearly all due to apartheid and those white imperial colonists b******ds ...yeah right

  • Raphu Letseleha - 2015-01-31 18:54

    Come on guys. This is not the race issue

  • Tim Graham - 2015-02-11 17:23

    Even If Its 2 700 Cheats, Its Still Embarassing. To Be A Cleaner, Bodyguard, Chef or President you need Genuine Qualifications. Think Before You Act. At Least Matric Is Far Much Better Than ZIMSEC.

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