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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)


Regulations for the Conduct, Administration and Management of Assessment for the Senior Certificate, 2005

Chapter 5 : Conduct of examinations

27. Appointment of chief invigilators/invigilators


(1) The assessment body reserves the right to appoint any competent school or office-based educator as a Chief Invigilator, should the principal or Head of Institution be found not to be capable of upholding the integrity of the external examinations.


(2) The Chief Invigilator must appoint Invigilators in accordance with the requirements of the assessment body.


(3) The Chief Invigilator may delegate his or her duties in writing to his or her deputy if he or she is absent, and inform the district or regional office accordingly.


(4) The Chief Invigilator must appoint educators as Invigilators, in writing, before the Senior Certificate examination begins and provide the head of examinations, district or regional office with a copy of the invigilation roster.


(5) The assessment body may appoint private invigilators, including the Chief Invigilator, where necessary.


(6) In cases where the assessment body appoints private Chief Invigilators and Invigilators, the principal or the Head of the Institution is still finally accountable for the conduct of the examinations at that centre, except where the principal has been relieved of his or her examination responsibilities by the Head of Department or his or her nominee.


(7) The Chief Invigilator must have a thorough knowledge of the procedures, rules and regulations regarding the examinations.


(8) The Chief Invigilator must train the Invigilators before the Senior Certificate examination begins.


(9) One Invigilator must be appointed for every 30 candidates writing the examination. This must be translated as follows:

(a)        0 – 30 candidates = 1 invigilator;

(b)        31 - 60 candidates = 2 invigilators; and

(c)        61 – 90 candidates = 3 invigilators, etc.