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Basic Education Dept aims to halt matric cheating

Last year more than 2,800 matriculants and teachers were involved in a cheating scandal.

FILE: Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says her department is determined to eradicate group copying after more than 2,800 matric pupils were involved in mass cheating during last year's matric exams.

Motshekga and the Council of Education Ministers have approved measures to stop this.

They've also discussed infrastructure and curriculum changes.

Motshekga say never before has the department faced mass cheating where students and teachers were implicated.

"All along we had regulations which were dealing with learners cribbing on their own."

She says different challenges require different rules and her department is ready to prevent the mass cheating form happening again.

"We had to do something about it. So we agreed yesterday on processes."

Among the measures is a hotline where teachers and learners will be able to report any wrongdoing and chief invigilators appointed by the department to monitor schools.

Motshekga says while investigations are still ongoing, one of the reasons for the mass cheating was that the curriculum was not adequately covered in the year.

Close to 50 schools across the country were implicated in allegations of fraud after pupils were provided with answers to the November exams.

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