Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer on Thursday warned students against cheating in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations that start next week, saying the consequences could be dire.
This year 51 987 full-time candidates and 13 912 part-time candidates have registered for the NSC in the province.
“Cheating in these examinations can result in serious consequences such as being banned from writing the NSC for up to three years. Criminal prosecution could be imposed should it be found that a learner is involved in the leakage of any examination question paper,” said Schäfer.
Practical examinations in Computer Application Technology begin on Monday. The vast majority of candidates will, however, start their exams on Tuesday with English home language, and first and second additional language.
“Today I visited Intshukumo Secondary School where 158 NSC candidates took part in a voluntary pledge signing ceremony that shows their commitment to complying with all rules and regulations relevant to the NSC exams,” Schäfer said.
The pledge states the candidates will uphold the principles of honesty and integrity in the examination, which includes not taking cellphones into the exam room.
Schäfer said the Western Cape education department has employed 1 370 invigilators at the 462 exam centres. Part of their duties is to check whether candidates are adhering to the NSC rules and regulations.