Over 50 Teachers Implicated In Matric Exam Cheating

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It appears that the 2021 final matric exams did not entirely proceed without any irregularities following an announcement by the Basic Education Department that hundreds of learners cheated in the final Matric exam. The Minister also outlined the interventions they intend to put in place to prevent such incidents in future.


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Following a slight improvement in the country’s national pass rate after the 2021 matric results were published in January, the Department of Basic Education has warned that it will not tolerate learners who engage in cheating and malpractice during exams.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga revealed that there has been a series of incidents in which learners cheated during the 2022 final exams.

According to the minister, 864 learners in six schools in the Eastern Cape cheated in the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams with 57 educators implicated in the incidents.

Additionally, an investigation revealed that these learners were assisted and that some of the educators confessed to helping the learner during exams. Motshekga added that the department has since taken disciplinary action against the educators.

The Minister further stated that the Department exhausted all its resources to ensure that there are consequences for engaging in this unethical behaviour.

The Department shall deal decisively with these alleged cases, with an intention of eradicating these tendencies of the unethical examination behaviour, displayed by a few educators and learners. 

Motshekga further pointed out that the Department will run a nationwide campaign to teach school communities about the consequences of exam cheating and malpractice. 

 


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