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Teachers aiding cheating could face serious charges

Pupils found guilty of cheating could have the results for the irregular subject nullified.

FILE: However, the Basic Education Department says the number of irregularities have decreased nationally. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says teachers and supervisors found guilty of helping matriculants cheat in their final exams could face criminal charges.

Cheating incidents have been revealed in seven provinces with the cases of group cheating reported in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

However, the Basic Education Department says the number of irregularities have decreased nationally due to better detection systems.

Pupils found guilty of cheating could have the results for the irregular subject nullified and be blocked from rewriting for several years.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says investigations are currently underway in all implicated marking centres.

"It seems there were more involved than just the learners so we are continuing with our investigation to establish exactly who was involved and why they did this. We need to get to the bottom of it to deal with it effectively."