Ma­tric­u­lants in EC pledge not to cheat

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ARETHA LIN­DEN

EASTERN Cape ma­tric­u­lants have made a solemn com­mit­ment not to cheat dur­ing their fi­nal year ex­ams, while the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion said they had put in place all se­cu­rity mea­sures to en­sure no exam pa­pers are leaked.

More strin­gent in­vig­i­lat­ing will be en­forced.

The fi­nal-year ex­ams start on Mon­day, with com­puter ap­pli­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy as­sess­ment (CAT).

About 200 ma­tric­u­lants from nine schools in the prov­ince signed a pledge on be­half of the 105 000 full-time and part-time ma­tric­u­lants in the prov­ince, com­mit­ting them­selves to up­hold the prin­ci­ples of hon­esty and in­tegrity in the 2017 fi­nal ex­ams.

The pledg­ing cer­e­mony, at­tended by se­nior of­fi­cials from the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion and teacher union lead­ers, was held yes­ter­day at St Thomas Pri­vate School in King Wil­liam’s Town.

The pro­vin­cial act­ing chief di­rec­tor for ex­am­i­na­tion and as­sess­ment, Mz­imhle Mabona, said they had put in place strict mea­sures, es­pe­cially at cen­tres that had been iden­ti­fied as high risk when it came to cheat­ing.

Mabona said 36 pub­lic schools out of 5 500 schools and a num­ber of in­de­pen­dent schools had a his­tory of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and had been iden­ti­fied as high risk schools.

“We will be plac­ing res­i­dent mon­i­tors at these schools who will mon­i­tor the exam from start to fin­ish,” he said.

The most re­cent cheat­ing scan­dal was two years ago when Nowawe High in King Wil­liam’s Town was named as one of the schools in the coun­try im­pli­cated in cheat­ing.

Read­ing the mes­sage of sup­port, the de­part­ment’s deputy-di­rec­tor gen­eral, Ray Ty­wakadi, en­cour­aged the ma­tric­u­lants to give the ex­ams their best ef­forts. — arethal@dis­patch.co.za

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