KZN man caught writing exam for learner

todayNovember 1, 2023 119

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A KwaZulu-Natal man has been caught writing a matric exam on behalf of a learner at the Phendukani Full Service School, north of the province.

According to the Basic Education Department, the adult male was caught after an invigilator noticed that a photo in the identity book of one of the learners had been tampered with.

It is understood that the Phendukani Full Service School hosts private candidates to write their exams.

The invigilator is understood to have noticed someone sitting on behalf of the candidate, who was supposed to be sitting as a part-time candidate.

Police were then called to the school and the imposter was subsequently arrested.

Department spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, says the man was caught as a result of the many hours and resources the government has spent on training matric exam invigilators.

Mahlambi says KZN MEC for Education, Mbali Frazer, has condemned the incident, which happened at a school that’s regarded as one of the best-performing institutions of learning in the province.

The MEC says they expect these examinations to be free of irregularities in keeping with the oath that was made by all the learners in the country.

A total of 723 971 full-time, 129 064 part-time and 53 217 progressed candidates are writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams at 6 337 state schools and 552 independent centres across the country.

The 2023 Matric exams are set to go on until December 5 and the Minister of Basic Education will announce the national results on the 18th January. Provincial results will be released the next day.

Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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