Johannesburg, South Africa – Despite the fact that Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga confirmed that the department will investigate allegations of matric exam cheating in Mpumalanga, ActionSA has called for the teachers involved to be arrested.
This comes after reports that teachers were allegedly paid to help matric students cheat in their final exams by providing answers in WhatsApp groups.
It has been claimed that students paid R1 500 to teachers in order to join the WhatsApp group. During exams, the students allegedly went to the restroom to check their phone answers.
“Those teachers who have been found to have violated the law must be fired, prosecuted, and imprisoned.”
“ActionSA is urging the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to immediately suspend the alleged conspirators and nullify the results of the learners who were found to have unduly benefited from the cheating scheme involved in order to protect what integrity remains in the matric examination process and the subsequent results.”
ActionSA says copying and cheating in tests are unlawful, and all perpetrators must be brought to book. The crooked instructors have done disgracefully and must face the full wrath of the law.
“We urge, in the strongest terms possible, that the Minister of Basic Education, her MEC in Mpumalanga, and all officials act decisively and mitigate the damage this will have to the integrity of the matric examination process, particularly for those studious learners who studied hard and obeyed the rules.”
“It is not every student and every learner that is corrupt, and they should not be smeared with the same brush. It is crucial that this situation is settled swiftly.”
The Mpumalanga Department of Education published a statement on Monday, indicating that it considered the claims of cheating reported.
“The Department is worried that there are people and groups who are hell-bent to do anything and everything to bypass measures put in place to protect the legitimacy and integrity of the public examinations. The fortunate thing is that the Department has extensive and sophisticated mechanisms in place to identify such people or forces and to expose them for who and what they are.”
“The Department demands that time be granted for the inquiry to take place and requests that all those who have information about this cheating and misconduct need to cooperate accordingly. The Department will henceforth await the conclusion of the investigation before establishing the cause of action to be done moving forward,” the department said.