2023 Matric exam re-writes | Umalusi cautions learners against dodgy institutions

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Education quality assurance body, Umalusi, has once again cautioned matric students against registering to re-write their final exams at unaccredited institutions.

Umalusi briefed the media on its assessment of the 2023 matric results, ahead of the release of the official pass rate scheduled for Thursday.

This year 11 people were arrested for allegedly issuing fake matric certificates.



Umalusi CEO, Dr Mafu Rakometsi, says the trend remains a concern.

The quality assurance body said power cuts, community protests and cheating posed a risk to the smooth running of the 2023 matric exams.

Despite these issues, however, Rakometsi says measures were taken to mitigate the situation at the examination centres that were affected by load shedding.

The body added that it remains concerned about cheating during exams.

The Department of Basic Education is investigating almost 1 000 cheating cases. Among them, over 45 Gauteng students were discovered using crib notes, while in KZN an imposter was discovered writing a paper on behalf of another student.

According to the body, majority of cheating incidents was discovered in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, with KZN’s 763 cases contributing 80.7% to the national cheating case load.

The body has, however, applauded the fact that no exam papers were leaked during the 2023 matric exam season.


Written by: Naomi Kobbie

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