Class of 2014: Matric Exam Cheating Being Investigated at Western Cape Independent School

JANUARY 5, 2015

The Department of Education in the Western Cape on Monday said it was investigating the newly-surfaced allegations of group copying at an independent school in Cape Town.

Examinations monitoring body, Umalusi, last week, announced that 39 matric examination centres in KwaZulu-Natal and 19 in the Eastern Cape had been implicated in what it called group copying.

The body, however, has added six examination centres in Gauteng, two in Mpumalanga and one each in the Western Cape, North West and the Northern Cape to its list of centres that are being investigated for alleged cheating.

Department of Education in the Western Cape Spokesperson, Paddy Atwell, said the school’s matric results will be withheld until the investigation is complete.

“We can confirm that the Western Cape Education Department is investigating the possibility of copying at an independent school in Cape Town during the matric exams.

“We can't name the school until the investigation is complete. We will conclude the investigation shortly and we will act on its recommendations,” he said.

IEB pass rate

Last week, it was announced that Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matriculation candidates achieved a 98.38 % pass rate for 2014, according to results released on Wednesday.

The first formal report detailing alleged cheating during the matriculation exams at 69 examination centres across the country is expected at the end of January, Umalusi said on Sunday.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga earlier this week said the problem of group copying in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape is not that widespread.

“58 schools that copied is one too many but I don’t think we have to make it look any bigger than what it is. So it’s not a big issue we will deal with it,” she said.