MEC punts ‘no cheat­ing’ ma­tric pledge

Cape Argus - - METRO - ATHINA MAY athina.may@inl.co.za

TO EN­SURE the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) exam sys­tem is fool­proof and pro­hibits cheat­ing, Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Deb­bie Schäfer vis­ited matrics at Fisan­tekraal High School to ap­peal to their con­sciences and en­cour­age the sign­ing of an anti-cheat­ing pledge.

The matrics, who start their ex­ams in less than 10 days, were urged to sign the vol­un­tary pledge, which states that they will up­hold the prin­ci­ples of hon­esty in the ex­ams, com­ply with all the rules and in­struc­tions, and not be in­flu­enced to cheat.

The pledge will be dis­trib­uted to can­di­dates across the prov­ince.

“I must cau­tion all can­di­dates against cheat­ing. Cheat­ing can re­sult in se­ri­ous con­se­quences, such as be­ing banned from writ­ing the NSC for up to three years. Learn­ers have spent at least 12 years at school and should not risk throw­ing all this away.

“You are only cheat­ing your­self: cheat­ing your­self out of your fu­ture. The re­sults of a can­di­date found with crib notes or car­ry­ing any elec­tronic de­vices can be de­clared null and void,” said Schäfer.

Last year, 17 can­di­dates were dis­qual­i­fied in the West­ern Cape for hav­ing ei­ther crib notes or elec­tronic de­vices dur­ing their ex­ams.

Schäfer warned that can­di­dates who cheated would not re­ceive an NSC un­til they rewrote the sub­ject. Those dis­qual­i­fied faced be­ing banned from writ­ing for up to three years, af­fect­ing their fu­ture study plans and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In ad­di­tion to the pledge and 1000 school in­vig­i­la­tors, the West­ern Cape Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment has ap­pointed an ad­di­tional 1273 in­vig­i­la­tors at the 457 exam cen­tres.

Part of their du­ties is to check whether can­di­dates are ad­her­ing to the NSC rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Fisan­tekraal prin­ci­pal Leopold Vries said no learner at their school would be al­lowed notes or de­vices into the exam room, and en­cour­aged the learn­ers to use their time wisely to re­vise their work.

Said Schäfer: “I sin­cerely hope we will not have to dis­qual­ify any can­di­dates this year. I en­cour­age all our can­di­dates to stay fo­cused and to put in the hard work re­quired to pre­pare for the ex­ams. I wish all the Grade 12s the best of luck.”

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