MEC gives ma­tric hope­fuls a stern warn­ing

Cape Times - - NEWS - Staff Writer

CHEAT­ING can re­sult in be­ing banned from writ­ing the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) for up to three years and crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion could be im­posed should it be found that a pupil is in­volved in leak­ing any ex­am­i­na­tion ques­tion pa­per.

West­ern Cape Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Deb­bie Schäfer yes­ter­day warned ma­tric­u­lants against cheat­ing in the up­com­ing fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions.

This year 51 987 full-time can­di­dates and 13 912 part-time can­di­dates have reg­is­tered for the NSC in the West­ern Cape.

Some will start with their first pa­per on Mon­day, tack­ling prac­ti­cal ex­am­i­na­tions in Com­puter Ap­pli­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (CAT).

The vast ma­jor­ity of matrics will start on Oc­to­ber 24 with English home lan­guage, and first and sec­ond ad­di­tional lan­guage.

Schäfer vis­ited Intshukumo Se­condary School in Gugulethu yes­ter­day, where 158 ma­tric pupils took part in a vol­un­tary pledge-sign­ing cer­e­mony to show their com­mit­ment to com­ply­ing with all rules and reg­u­la­tions rel­e­vant to the NSC ex­ams.

The pledge states that the can­di­date will up­hold the prin­ci­ples of hon­esty and in­tegrity in the ex­am­i­na­tion by not par­tic­i­pat­ing in any wrong­do­ing. The provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment has em­ployed 1 370 in­vig­i­la­tors at the 462 exam cen­tres.

“The re­sults of a can­di­date found with crib notes or car­ry­ing any elec­tronic de­vices can be de­clared null and void. 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,” Schäfer said.

The pupil will not re­ceive a NCS un­til she/he re-writes the sub­ject and ap­plies for a com­bi­na­tion of re­sults.

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