matric exam 2022 cheating scandal

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matric exam 2022 cheating scandal

matric exam 2022 cheating scandal

The Sunday Times says that a “whistleblower” has said that more than 370 students in Mpumalanga cheated on their matric exams.

There were rumors that there were WhatsApp groups where students could pay teachers up to R1,500 to share answers during exams.

One of these WhatsApp groups was supposedly called “Road to Varsity” and gave answers to math and physical science test questions.

The person who spoke out said that more than 370 students in grade 12 from three schools in Mpumalanga were in the “Road to Varsity” WhatsApp group. There were at least two other groups like this that charged fees to join.

The person who spoke out also told about other kinds of cheating. This included teachers giving out answers during bathroom breaks, giving students cheat sheets during exams, and telling students to keep a second cellphone in their socks in case they were asked to give up their first phone.

Elijah Mhlanga, a spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, said that Mathanzima Mweli, the director-general of the department, has approved the creation of a task team to look into the claims.

One teacher posted answers to the Life Science Paper 2 on a WhatsApp group for teachers, thinking it was one of the paid cheating groups. This gave the department a reason to act.

Mhlanga confirmed that the teacher was a deputy chief monitor at their school and has been fired.

Matric exam controversies
This is not the first time that South Africa’s matric exams have been in the middle of a scandal. Math Paper 2 got out into the public domain in the year 2020.

The Department of Basic Education said, “From what we know so far, the paper became available early Monday morning, hours before the paper could be written.”

Later, a worker at the company hired to print exam papers was arrested because of the leak.

Umalusi, the South African group that sets and monitors standards for education and training, gave a strong warning about cheating in 2021.

Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi said, “Once again, and in light of what happened in 2020, Umalusi wants to issue a strong warning to all learners and teachers not to cheat in any way, including leaking papers.”

“We scold and condemn this illegal behavior as much as it deserves. Cheating hurts the integrity of our national exam system, which the Quality Council has sworn to protect with all its might.

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