Last year, 16 Western Cape candidates were “disqualified” because of irregularities and had their results declared null and void.
And with only a few days left before the start of the exams, Education MEC Debbie Schafer has cautioned matric learners they could be disqualified from the exams if caught cribbing or for other forms of cheating.
Schafer visited ID Mkize Secondary in Gugulethu on Thursday where matric learners signed a pledge committing to comply with the exams’ rules and regulations.
Schafer said the results of candidates found with crib notes or carrying any electronic devices could be declared null and void and disqualified learners could be banned from writing the exams for between one and three years.
“When the candidate’s results are declared null and void, the result for the specific subject is marked as irregular but the candidate will receive results for the other subjects as well as a letter informing the candidate about the irregularity that occurred and the sanction imposed, ” says Schafer
“The candidate would not receive a National Senior Certificate until she/he rewrites the subject and applies for a combination of results.”
She added that cheating would affect the learners’ future plans and opportunities and “should not risk throwing all this away by choosing to use irregular means to pass the examinations”.
“This will have obvious effects on the candidate’s future study plans and opportunities.
She said the Western Cape Education Department had employed 1 701 invigilators at the 452 exam centres. Their duties would include checking whether candidates were adhering to the NSC rules and regulations.