Principal suspended for allegedly preventing 19 matric pupils from completing exam

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The pupils were only let out of the principal's office 50 minutes before the exam ended.
The pupils were only let out of the principal's office 50 minutes before the exam ended.
  • A principal has been suspended for allegedly preventing a group of matric pupils from completing their Life Science paper two exams in time.
  • The pupils from Moreri Secondary School were summoned to the principal's office and reprimanded for missing their extra lessons over the weekend. 
  • The pupils were only let out of the principal's office 50 minutes before the exam ended.

A principal of a North West school was suspended after she kept 19 pupils in her office on the day they were supposed to write Life Sciences paper two, only to let them write 50 minutes before the examination’s cut off time.

The principal allegedly summoned the pupils from Moreri Secondary School in Tseoge Village to her office on Monday to chastise them for missing their extra lessons over the weekend.

The pupils were only let out of the principal's office 50 minutes before the exam ended. As a result, the pupils could not finish their examination in time. 

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The North West Department of Education spokesperson, Elias Malindi, confirmed that the incident took place. He added that the principal was placed on precautionary suspension. 

Malindi said the allegations were that the pupils did not attend the extra classes arranged by the school on Saturday and Sunday. When they had arrived at the school on Monday for their examination, they were immediately summoned to the principal’s office where they were reprimanded.

He said the pupils were held up in the principal’s office while the rest of the pupils continued writing the paper. He said:


This was a irregularity from the principal's side and we have now referred the matter to the Department of Basic Education.

Asked whether the pupils would be given a chance to rewrite the paper, Malindi said the provincial department would not be able to decide.

"This is a national paper, so we have written a report to the Department of Basic Education and Umalusi for advice and to lead us on the directives that we should implement on such a matter," he said.  

Earlier this month, the Department of Basic Education instituted disciplinary proceedings against a principal of a school in Ekurhuleni after Grade 12 pupils missed their Economics exams.

The principal, from Phandimfundo Secondary School in Etwatwa, allegedly told the pupils not to show up for their exam as she feared they would fail.



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