KZN marking centres cleared of irregularities

The Education Department claims the situation is less extensive than what has been reported.

FILE: Individual matric pupils suspected of cheating are being questioned over irregularities. Picture: Stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal's Education Department says an investigation has already cleared some marking centres of irregularities.

Earlier this week, assessment body Umalusi announced that results at 19 centres in the Eastern Cape and 39 in KZN would be withheld due to instances of group cheating.

However the department claims the situation is less extensive than what has been reported.

KZN Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi says several marking centres will soon be cleared of all alleged irregularities.

"We are in a position to say the story is clear."

He says there's no truth to claims that centres are being investigated for misconduct.

Instead, individual matric pupils suspected of cheating are being questioned over irregularities.

These pupils will receive the results for all other subjects with only the marks for investigated subjects being withheld.