Umalusi warns exam cheats will be ‘dealt with’

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - LIL­LIAN SELAPISA lil­lians@the­newage.co.za

THE safety and se­cu­rity of ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als has been one of the fo­cal points in the prepa­ra­tions for the 2017 Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC), ex­am­i­na­tions qual­ity as­surer Umalusi has said.

Dras­tic mea­sures will be taken against any pupils, teach­ers or depart­ment of­fi­cials who are im­pli­cated in acts of dis­hon­esty.

“Un­for­tu­nately every year Umalusi be­comes aware of new ef­forts by un­scrupu­lous peo­ple to cheat the sys­tem, and every year we strive to im­prove our sys­tems so that we can con­tinue to close down any gaps or spa­ces where such in­ci­dents could oc­cur,” Umalusi chief ex­ec­u­tive Mafu Rakometsi said.

This comes after pa­per leaks in the past years, par­tic­u­larly in Lim­popo and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Umalusi notes with re­gret that last year’s fi­nal NSC ex­am­i­na­tions were marred by an in­ci­dent of a pa­per leak­age in Lim­popo,” Rakometsi said.

How­ever, he said the sys­tem in most prov­inces was im­prov­ing, such as Mpumalanga, where cheat­ing was a thing of the past.

He said pupils will be asked to sign a pledge not to cheat.

“Over­all, Umalusi is sat­is­fied with the prepa­ra­tions for the end-of-year ex­ams, and is con­fi­dent that the gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is pre­pared to run as­sess­ments suc­cess­fully.

“Umalusi is also pleased to re­port most prov­inces have im­proved their sys­tems based on con­cerns raised by Umalusi,” Rakometsi said.

Cam­eras have been in­stalled in print­ing ar­eas to en­sure that ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers were se­cured, he said.

Over­all, Umalusi is sat­is­fied with its prepa­ra­tions and was con­fi­dent that the gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem was ad­e­quately pre­pared to run as­sess­ments suc­cess­fully, he said.

“How­ever, this does not mean that Umalusi does not have some con­cerns re­gard­ing the up­com­ing na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions,” Rakometsi said.

“Con­se­quently, Umalusi has rec­om­mended to the provin­cial de­part­ments of ed­u­ca­tion that these con­cerns must be ad­dressed be­fore the com­mence­ment of ex­ams to avoid a neg­a­tive im­pact on the ad­min­is­tra­tion, man­age­ment and mon­i­tor­ing of the ex­am­i­na­tions.

“For its part, Umalusi will also in­ten­sify its mon­i­tor­ing where it deems it nec­es­sary to do so,” he said.

The 2017 ex­am­i­na­tions will be writ­ten by 634814 full-time and 161475 part-time can­di­dates, mak­ing a to­tal of 796 289 can­di­dates.

The ex­am­i­na­tions will take place at more than 6 844 cen­tres across the prov­inces.

The In­de­pen­dent Ex­am­i­na­tions Board has reg­is­tered 11473 full-time can­di­dates across the coun­try and 687 part-time can­di­dates at 231 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres. Ex­am­i­na­tions will start on Oc­to­ber 23.

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