09/06/2015 – ACDP NOTES EFFORTS TO ERADICATE EXAM IRREGULARITIES

June 17, 2015

Education, Press Releases

ACDP Parliament
Media Release
Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and Whip

ACDP NOTES EFFORTS TO ERADICATE EXAM IRREGULARITIES

  • Calls on all concerned to leave no opportunity for irregularities to go undetected

ACDP Member of Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said that: “The ACDP like so many others, has expressed concern over the ‘group copying’ that was uncovered in the 2014 NSC examinations and we note with keen interest, measures to eradicate these irregularities which will be implemented for the 2015 NSC examinations.”

Public Examination centres across each province will be categorised into three risk categories and based on the risk category, the invigilation procedure will be determined:

(i) High Risk Centres (HRC) – administered by the province/district.

(ii) Medium Risk Centres (MRC) – placement of resident monitors.

(iii) Low Risk Centres (LRC) – administered by the school with a roving monitor.

“Interestingly, one of the reasons given during the on-going investigations for group copying was that the curriculum had not been adequately covered and this will have to be urgently addressed”, Dudley says.

Other measures include: Provincial hot lines being set up to report irregularities; Independent schools must be registered by the Provincial Department, accredited by Umalusi and have a clear track record; the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will override and appoint Chief Invigilators, resident monitors and roving monitors where necessary.  In KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces, the DBE will appoint a resident monitor at the provincial level to monitor all examination processes from beginning to end of the cycle – they will report to the DBE on a weekly basis.

The ACDP calls on all concerned to leave no opportunity for irregularities to go undetected.

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