Matric cheaters given 21 days to appeal nullification of results

AUGUST 14, 2015

The 2014 National Senior Certificate results for seven examination centres in the Eastern Cape will be nullified, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

Matric results from 19 examination centres in the Eastern Cape were withheld pending the outcome of an investigation early this year into alleged group cheating at the centres. Schools in Libode, Mthatha and Queenstown are among those implicated in the group copying scandal.

Umalusi also announced that 39 centres in KwaZulu-Natal had been implicated in the scandal.
"Hearings in both provinces were conducted. In the majority of implicated examination centres learners participated in the hearings and a large number of learners confessed to what had taken place. The investigations have revealed that group copying did indeed take place in a number of the implicated examination centres," the Department of Basic Education said on Thursday in a statement. 

"In the majority of the examination centres, where learners co-operated with the process, the results of these candidates have been nullified but the affected learners will be permitted to write the examination this year during the October / November NSC sitting. There were also learners who engaged legal representation, their hearings have had to be rescheduled to accommodate this and will commence on 31 August 2015."
The department said that seven hearings have been rescheduled in the Eastern Cape due to legal representation. 

A total of 153 examination centres were implicated in the group copying countrywide. 
"In the case of the 153 centres, where subjects were audited and where candidates were cleared, their results would be released," the department said. 

"In the case of the subjects that were audited and where evidence of copying has been confirmed, the results of these candidates will be nullified.

"To further ensure that candidates are not unduly penalised, candidates will be given 21 days to appeal the nullification of their results.

"Written notifications will be provided to individual candidates informing them of the opportunity to appeal. Appeals submitted will be considered by a panel comprising the DBE and PEDs. On the basis of the appeal submissions, a decision will be made to invite the learners to hearings. Learners that do not submit an appeal within the 21 day period will have their nullifications enforced."
It said that the investigation had been a gruelling process and a major learning curve for the Department and all stakeholders involved.

"We have put measures in place to ensure that this group copying phenomenon does not occur in the 2015 examinations."