Disciplinary hearings for copying scandal pupils

Despite a second chance at getting their matric, Eastern Cape pupils implicated in the matric group copying scandal are not off the hook, and will undergo individual disciplinary hearings later this month.

While the Basic Education Department is still investigating the group copying allegations, pupils who were allegedly helped to cheat by teachers or invigilators are being allowed to rewrite in case they are exonerated by the outcome.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga this week granted all pupils under investigation special permission to apply to rewrite when supplementary exams get under way on Monday.

About 1 000 pupils from 14 exam centres in the province will be subjected to disciplinary hearings from February 24 to March 16. The department is preparing letters notifying them of the hearings.

Also affected is KwaZulu-Natal, where pupils will undergo the same process.

Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said pupils had to appear before a disciplinary panel.

-Zandile Mbabela

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