MEC gives matric hopefuls a stern warning
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.