Class of 2014: Eastern Cape group cheaters to know their fate by this weekend

JANUARY 7, 2015

The fate of Eastern Cape pupils whose results have been withheld following allegations of group copying will be known by this weekend. 

Eastern Cape Department of Education Acting Superintendent-General, Ray Tywakadi, told the media in East London on Wednesday that of the 19 matric examination centres implicated, seven had been cleared of the allegations. 

“We are left with 12 exam centres now. Our officials are busy investigating the allegations and we have agreed that a report needs to be ready by Saturday so that affected pupils can know if they are disqualified or not,” Tywakadi said. 

He said the implicated exam centres were in King William’s Town, East London, Queenstown, Mount Fletcher and Mthatha. 

“The results of schools implicated have been withheld,” Tywakadi said. 

Best and worst performing districts in the Eastern Cape

Meanwhile, Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, in naming the best and worst performing districts for 2014 matric, said that a total of 38 schools in the province recorded a 100% pass rate.

These included Sterkspruit Christian School (30 pupils), Kirkwood High (23 pupils), Stirling High in East London (199 pupils), Hudson Park High in East London (222 pupils), Pearson High in Port Elizabeth (168 pupils) and Cathcart High with 51 pupils. 

Cradock was the best performing district with 82.8% followed by Uitenhage with 75.5% and Qumbu with 75%. 

The worst districts in the province were Mount Frere with 55.1%, Fort Beaufort with 56.9% and Butterworth with 57.1%. The most improved district is Qumbu from 52.6% in 2013 to 75. 

The worst performer in 2014 is the Maluti District whose pass rate was 70.4% in 2013 and dropped to 61.7%. 

The schools to have recorded a 0% pass rate are Impey Siwisa High (two pupils) from Fort Beaufort, Kwelerana High (14 pupils) and Rabula High (12 pupils) from King William’s Town.

Parliament backs investigtions

On Wednesday, Parliament’s education committee also backed investigations into the group cheating scandal.
“The committee supports processes initiated to investigate allegations of copying and cheating in certain examination centres,” committee chairperson Nomalungelo Gina said.
“Such processes should be brought to conclusion to maintain the integrity of the results.”