Calls for Department of Education to give learners a chance to re-write following cheating scandal

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Mpumalanga Department of Education says it views the allegations of cheating reported at some centres within Manyeleti Circuit of Bohlabela District very seriously.

The Department further said it is disturbed that there are people and forces who are hell bent to do anything and everything to bypass systems put in place to uphold the credibility and integrity of the public examinations.

Meanwhile, Education Activist Hendrick Makaneta has called on the Department of Basic Education to give Mpumalanga matric learners a chance to re-write the affected papers, following reports of a cheating scandal.

Makeneta added that the call for a rewrite is informed by the fact that the results are likely to be announced in January 2023 and there should be no delays in the announcement because of the scandal in Mpumalanga. “We condemn the teacher who allegedly leaked answers to learners. Teachers must ensure that examinations are administered in a manner that allows fairness for all candidates”

Makeneta further said it should be noted that, bad as it is, cheating is a common occurrence, not only in the terrain of basic education but also within the higher education institutions. “Despite issues of plagiarism in a wide range of universities, results are issued and only those who committed irregularities are affected negatively”.

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