Eastern Cape Department of Education to investigate matric group copying

JANUARY 1, 2015

The embattled Department of Education in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday said that it has set-up a task team to investigate all the matric examination irregularities reported in the province.

Education monitoring body, Umalusi, announced that results at 58 matric examination centres in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal would be withheld for group copying. Schools in Libode, Mthatha and Queenstown are among those implicated in the group copying scandal.

Eastern Cape Acting Education head Ray Tywadi told the SABC that the investigation will take a full month.

"The results will be unblocked in all of the  cases where we cannot find substantial evidence but all those cases where we have strong evidence of group copying, we are going to launch a full investigation and then we will inform all the affected about the outcome of the process ."

Students' organisation, the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) says the reports of cheating indicate that the Department of Basic Education failed to effectively monitor the exams.

"We are disappointed with the Department of Education that they can allow for such deep leaks. Education is the first priority of government and therefore we should not have such instances. There has always been suspicion with the results that there is rigging and all of that, but we stand with the students of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. It is unfair that their results will be delayed because their future will also be delayed," says National General-Secretary, Khulekani Skhosana. 

Public schools' matric exam results will be released next Tuesday.