Grade 12 pupils vow not to cheat
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.