Grade 12 pupils vow not to cheat

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­newage.co.za

WESTERN Cape ed­u­ca­tion MEC Deb­bie Schäfer yes­ter­day cau­tioned Grade 12 pupils against cheat­ing.

She is­sued the warn­ing ahead of the 2017 na­tional se­nior cer­tifi­cate (NSC) ex­am­i­na­tions, which kick off on Mon­day. A to­tal of 51987 full-time can­di­dates and 13912 part-time can­di­dates have reg­is­tered to write the 2017 NSC ex­ams in the prov­ince.

The vast ma­jor­ity of can­di­dates will start with English home lan­guage on Tues­day. Some will start with their prac­ti­cal in com­puter ap­pli­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy on Mon­day.

“Cheat­ing in these ex­am­i­na­tions can re­sult in se­ri­ous con­se­quences, such as be­ing banned from writ­ing the NSC ex­ams for up to three years. Crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion could be im­posed should it be found that a pupil is in­volved in the leak of any ex­am­i­na­tion ques­tion pa­per,” Schäfer said. The MEC yes­ter­day vis­ited Intshukumo Sec­ondary School where 158 can­di­dates took part in a vol­un­tary pledge sign­ing cer­e­mony that showed their com­mit­ment to com­ply­ing with all the rules and reg­u­la­tions rel­e­vant to the ex­ams.

The pledge states that the can­di­date will up­hold the prin­ci­ples of hon­esty and in­tegrity in the ex­am­i­na­tion by com­ply­ing with all the rules and reg­u­la­tions rel­e­vant to the NSC, fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions of the in­vig­i­la­tor, not be­ing in­flu­enced in any­way to cheat in the ex­am­i­na­tion, not par­tic­i­pat­ing in any wrong­do­ing which in­cludes but not lim­ited to copy­ing, be­ing in pos­ses­sion of unau­tho­rised ma­te­rial or elec­tronic de­vices, ac­cept­ing or pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to another can­di­date, writ­ing on be­half of another can­di­date or any other unau­tho­rised ac­tion.

The depart­ment has em­ployed 1370 in­vig­i­la­tors at 462 exam cen­tres and part of their du­ties are to en­sure that can­di­dates ad­here to NSC reg­u­la­tions.

“I should like to take this op­por­tu­nity to cau­tion all can­di­dates writ­ing against cheat­ing in these ex­am­i­na­tions. Af­ter all, the only per­son that you are cheat­ing is your­self. It also has the ef­fect that peo­ple will not trust you in fu­ture.”

The con­se­quences of cheat­ing in these ex­ams could re­sult in the re­sults of a can­di­date be­ing de­clared null and void.

When a 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 them about the ir­reg­u­lar­ity and the sanc­tion im­posed.

The can­di­date would not re­ceive ma­tric cer­tifi­cate un­til they re­write the sub­ject and ap­ply for a com­bi­na­tion of re­sults. Dis­qual­i­fied pupils could be banned from writ­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion for be­tween one and three years. “Pupils have spent at least 12 years at school and should not risk throw­ing all this away by choos­ing to use ir­reg­u­lar means to pass the ex­am­i­na­tions. I sin­cerely hope that we will not have to dis­qual­ify any can­di­dates this year. In­stead, I would like to see im­proved re­sults, qual­ity passes and an in­crease in num­bers pass­ing this year.

CAU­TIONED: MEC Deb­bie Schäfer yes­ter­day is­sued a warn­ing to Grade 12 pupils not to cheat in their ex­ams or they would face the con­se­quences.

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