About 56 000 learners have registered to write matric in 2015, according to Penny Vinjevold, Head of Department at the Western Cape Department of Education.
Vinjevold says that matric exams started today in the Western Cape with 8000 learners writing Computer Application Technology. On Monday 26 October they will be writing English.
When asked about cheating during exams, Vinjevold said that the learners were asked to take an oath of commitment and integrity. She further said that the department has trained invigilators on new technology and how learners might try using it as a way of cheating.
If caught cheating the learner won’t be allowed to write for the next two years and the department believes this punishment will decrease cheating during exams, she says.
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: