DA KZN: MEC keeps portfolio committee in the dark over matric cheating probe

Mbali Ntuli, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Education:

THE DA calls on KZN Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, to urgently present an update to the province’s Education portfolio committee regarding Umalusi’s ongoing investigations into alleged mass cheating during the 2014 KZN matric exams.

According to a statement issued by the Department of Basic Education, MEC Nkonyeni attended a Council of Education Ministers meeting in Pretoria on 2 February where the preliminary report into allegations of group cheating in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape was discussed.

The DA sincerely hopes the MEC will take the portfolio committee into her confidence following this meeting by giving a detailed update on the matter, given that its members are expected to play an oversight role on all education matters in the province.

Claims of mass copying are extremely serious and threaten to derail the integrity of a matric qualification while many young lives have been placed on hold pending the outcome of the investigation.

Earlier reports indicated that the investigation outcome would be announced at the end of January.  That was almost two weeks ago.

The DA expects MEC Nkonyeni to request an urgent meeting of the portfolio committee where she must update members regarding the probe and when we can expect it to be finalised.