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Matric exams to start with new WhatsApp rules, phones will be registered

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Oct 25, 2021

South Africa’s 2021 matric exam pupils have been warned on circulating leaked papers via WhatsApp messaging ahead of the final assessments on Wednesday 27 October.

MATRIC EXAM PAPER LEAKED VIA WHATSAPP

The department’s latest safety move to curb cheating follows after 2020’s cheating scandal. It was alleged that the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 exams leaked and viral on WhatsApp before the sitting.

Learners have now been warned against a repeat of the dishonesty.

“In cases where a question paper, or part of a question paper, is forwarded by a candidate via email, SMS, WhatsApp or through any other electronic means, and the candidate fails to report such an incident to the school principal or the WhatsApp hotline, he or she will be deemed complicit,” the department said.

MATRIC LEARNERS TO REGISTER CELLPHONES

The education office confirmed it will require learners to register all details of their cellphones, for which schools will take the responsibility to monitor during the exam phase.

Should any candidate or parent find any question paper before the exam via WhatsApp or any digital media, he or she must report it to the school principal.

“All candidates will be required to complete the Electronic Devices’ Register, which will be managed by the school.”

“The register will require all candidates to record all details of the cellphone or any other electronic device that they will be using during the examination period.”

“A candidate who is alleged to have had access to the question paper or parts of the question paper, prior to the examination, will be required to submit his/her cell phone or any other electronic device to the Department for further investigation.”

The department stated that criminal prosecution may be imposed should it be found that the candidate is involved in the leakage of any examination question paper.

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