Class of 2014: Formal report into Matric exam cheating expected soon

JANUARY 5, 2015

The first formal report revealing, in greater detail, the alleged group cheating during the 2014 matriculation exams at 69 examination centres across the country – mostly in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, is expected at the end of January, Umalusi said on Sunday.

"At the end of this month, we should be receiving the first formal report," Lucky Ditaunyane, Umalusi spokesman said, adding that mid-February was the latest possible period - but that the target remained the end of January.

He said in the meantime, "the investigation is ongoing."

Countrywide cheating

Late last month, Umalusi announced that, following a probe, 39 examination centres in KwaZulu-Natal and 19 in the Eastern Cape were implicated in matric group cheating.

Ditaunyane confirmed that reports of cheating in six centres in Gauteng, two in Mpumulanga and one each in the Western Cape, North West and Northern Cape had also emerged.

Attempts to improve marks at centres?

Umalusi Council Chairman, Prof John Volmink previously explained that during auditing processes at marking centres, evidence was picked up of "group copying," as it appeared that someone had dictated answers, some incorrect, to students.

Umalusi CEO, Mafu Rakometsi, has promised "drastic measures" will be taken against all who are found to be involved the cheating.

Results withheld

The matric exam centres where cheating allegedly took place will have their results withheld, when the country's matriculation results are released on Tuesday.

Around 550 000 full-time and 138 533 part-time candidates wrote the Department of Basic Education's 2014 matric examinations.