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Matric ‘group cheating’ probe to end in March

The quality assurer believes teachers and exam supervisors may have been involved.

FILE: A quality assurer is probing allegations some schools were provided with answers during matric exams. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - An investigation into so-called matric exam ' group cheating' will be wrapped up in March, quality assurance council Umalusi said on Tuesday.

A probe was launched to investigate a number KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape schools where officials believed pupils were provided with answers during exams.

Markers found that grade 12s in affected areas sometimes gave the same incorrect answers.

Umalusi believes teachers or supervisors were involved.

Council Chief Executive Officer Mafu Rakometsi said, "We've got commitment from the department that by the end of March, this investigation will be completed."

Results at affected schools will be withheld as the probe continues.

Umalusi suggested school principals be held accountable and if possible, criminal charges be laid.

Council chairperson John Volmink said, "The principals responsible for the conduct should face disciplinary action and sanctions and if necessary, criminal charges.

"We know that the learners who participated in this dishonesty must pay the price but they're not the only ones," he added.

Umalusi however approved the release of results from other schools unaffected by the scandal.

No question paper leaks were reported during this year's matric exams.

WATCH: Umalusi: 'Group copying' won't compromise matric results

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