Matric cheating scandal: scripts being assessed

It’s alleged a teacher from a college in Athlone provided answers to matrics during a Physical Science exam.

FILE: It’s alleged a teacher from a college in Athlone provided answers to matrics during a Physical Science exam. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says an audit team is assessing all exam scripts written at a private Athlone school at the centre of a cheating scandal.

The Cape Argus is reporting this morning a teacher at Stonefountain College's branch in Athlone allegedly provided matriculants with answers during their Physical Science exam last year.

Western Cape Education's Paddy Attwell says, "The teacher could face criminal charges, but we don't have any say over teachers at private schools, we can take action against the private school itself. As far as the candidates are concerned, they could be barred from writing exams for three years depending on their level of culpability."

Opposition parties have called for heads to roll over the scandal.

Cheating in the 2014 matric finals was detected by certification authority Umalusi in seven provinces, with most of the cases occurring in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

While the incidents are under investigation, experts have expressed concern that it appears to indicate collusion between teachers and pupils.