Teachers blamed for matric cheating

2015-01-11 11:17

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Cape Town - The school that has emerged as the biggest culprit in the matric exam cheating scandal is Mpikayizekanye Secondary School in KwaMbono, near Tugela Ferry in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the Sunday Times, parents of pupils at this school say group copying has been going on since 2008 and that the school’s principal Lungi Shange has been warned about this in the past. Another parent said teachers were acting as a “united front” in helping pupils to cheat.

The exam oversight body Umalusi has instituted an investigation into allegations of widespread cheating which has now left 167 Mpikayizekanye Secondary School students without matric certificates pending the outcome of the probe.

A further 20 schools in the province are being probed and another 21 from around the country.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s education committeesaid last week that the investigations into cheating at some matric examination centres will help maintain the integrity of the results

"The committee supports processes initiated to investigate allegations of copying and cheating in certain examination centres," committee chairperson Nomalungelo Gina said in a statement.

"Such processes should be brought to conclusion to maintain the integrity of the results."

The committee congratulated those pupils who worked tirelessly and passed their exams, despite the implementation of a new curriculum.

"While there has been a drop in the overall pass rate from 78.2% in 2013 to 75.8% in 2014, the committee appreciates that the 2.4% drop is largely due to changes in the new curriculum which are aimed at improving the overall quality."

Gina said the committee was pleased that the number of under-performing districts was steadily decreasing. Provinces with poor results a few years ago were showing progress, she said.

"This shows that the department's strategic interventions introduced in the education sector in recent years are bearing fruit."

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