Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has revealed the extent to which teachers helped matric pupils cheat in last year’s exams.
Motshekga yesterday disclosed some of the evidence given during hearings into group cheating at some KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape matric exam centres, where only black schools are implicated.
She said teachers and principals who encouraged group copying, would be criminally charged.
The continuing investigation will now focus on teachers, principals and invigilators.
A KwaZulu-Natal pupil wrote on an exam answer sheet: “We can now continue.”
This, according to Motshekga, “clearly indicated . that someone was dictating answers to them”.
She said that in other instances teachers had simply walked into exam rooms and told invigilators to leave so that they could help their pupils.
“The papers are opened at the school, so teachers would not have had sight of the paper before. So, I think, as the teacher looked at the paper, she found there was a section she had not taught the class and quickly rushed to the exam room to dictate it to them.”
A KwaZulu-Natal pupil admitted during the hearings to cribbing.
Motshekga said the exam results of pupils found guilty of group copying would be nullified.
The department launched the investigation into cheating allegations involving 153 exam centres in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng earlier this year.
More than 3000 pupils implicated in group copying will sit for this year’ s exams in October and November.
Only one KwaZulu-Natal pupil, among a group of 2307, was cleared of cheating charges; 56 confessed.
Of the 720 implicated in Eastern Cape, 26 were cleared and 17 confessed.
Former acting director-general of the Department of Basic Education Paddy Padayachee said security would be improved.