During the recent unveiling of the matric result, MEC Lesufi revealed that one public school and five independent schools in the province are alleged to have been involved in group cheating.
The DA believes that an investigation should be launched urgently and should the schools be found guilty; serious action against the individuals concerned should be taken. Otherwise these would have unnecessarily put the future of young people at risk.
The DA further calls on the MEC to make the findings of the investigations public, and while doing so, assure the public that these have been conducted in a transparent manner.
The public school should be put under administration and all staff members found to be guilty should be dismissed summarily and struck off the teachers roll.
The independent schools should be deregistered and owners of the schools to be black-listed, while ensuring that non-cheating learners are not in any way disadvantaged.
Such actions will send a strong message that cheating will not be tolerated and protect the interest of the learners who expect to get quality education.
By making the schools’ names public the MEC will allow parents to make informed decisions when registering their children for the 2015 academic year and in the future.
Khume Ramulifho, MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education
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