By Khuthala Nandipha
The Department of Education in the province has suspended 23 teachers from six schools for the alleged group copying of 463 matric learners.
The teachers, who were working as invigilators during the 2019 examinations, were suspended with full pay and are currently being investigated by Umalusi, the Council for quality assurance in general and further education and training.
Two of the schools, which cannot be named at this stage, are from the Buffalo City Municipal Metro. The results for the schools have been withheld and on record, they are indicated as having received a 0% pass rate, until investigations have been concluded.
“It is the government policy that schools implicated in irregularities should have their results withheld until those allegations have been cleared. “If learners are found guilty, their results will be nullified and barred from writing exams for a minimum of one and a maximum of three subsequent examinations,” said Loyiso Pulumani, spokesperson for the Department of Education.
Teachers who contravene any of the regulations are suspended immediately, and the matter is then dealt with in terms of the Employment of Educators Act, 1998 (Act No. 76 of 1998) or in terms of any other relevant legislation although the Eastern Cape recorded the most improved results in the class of 2019 by 5.9% from 70.6% to 76.5%, there are a total of 463 learners involved. This figure could change after the investigations have been concluded.
The Department disputed claims that there are schools in the province that achieved a 0% pass rate. “I can confirm that for the matric class of 2019, there is no school that has performed at 0%,” stressed Pulumani.