It has been claimed that students paid R1 500 to teachers in order to join the WhatsApp group. During exams, students allegedly went to the restroom to check their answers on their phones.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams were completed across the country last week, with rewrite opportunities available for matrics who missed their exams due to circumstances beyond their control.
On Monday, the Mpumalanga Department of Education issued a statement saying it took the allegations of cheating at some centres in the Manyeleti Circuit of the Bohlabela District very seriously.
“The Department is concerned that there are people and forces willing to go to any length to circumvent systems put in place to ensure the credibility and integrity of public examinations.”
The Department, on the other hand, has advanced and sophisticated processes in place to identify such individuals or forces and expose them for who and what they are.”
The department welcomed the investigation, which would be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education.
“The Department requests that time be allowed for the investigation to take place, and that all those with information about this cheating and misconduct cooperate fully.” “The Department will now await the outcome of the investigation before determining the next course of action,” the department stated.
The Cape Times