Matric cheating scandal: Invigilators cooperating with investigators

About 1,000 pupils have been implicated in cheating scandals with most cases occurring in EC and KZN.

FILE: A matric learner holds their report card. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education says the first group of invigilators facing questions over the mass matric cheating have been co-operating with investigators.

About 1,000 pupils have been implicated in cheating scandals detected by certification authority Umalusi in seven provinces with most cases occurring in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

A number of centres have already been cleared.

The department is asking for the maximum punishment for matric pupils and invigilators involved in cheating.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says this includes declaring results null and void and a three year ban.

"We want to trump this particular practice out once and for all, we don't want it to happen again, we don't want to be talking about this thing again next year."

He says offenders will be made an example of.

"We need to condemn this, we need to make sure we send a very strong message that cheating is to going to assist anyone."

The investigation is due to be finalised by the end of the month and will detail how to avoid widespread cheating in this year's exams.

SCRIPTS TO BE ASSESSED IN WC

On Wednesday, T he Western Cape Education Department said an audit team is assessing all exam scripts written at a private Athlone school at the centre of another cheating scandal.

The Cape Argus is reporting that 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.