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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 11 : Examination/Assessment Irregularities

56. Irregularities that may occur during the capturing process, standardisation, release of results, issuing of statements and the certification process


(1) A contravention of these regulations in any of the stages relating to the capturing, processing, standardisation, release of results and certification, on the part of examination officials involved in these processes, which could undermine the credibility of the examination results, must be declared an irregularity.


(2) Some of the actions deemed to be irregular during the processes listed in 55(1), include the following:
(a) Negligence;
(b) Indolence;
(c) Failure to abide by relevant legislation or policies or regulations;
(d) Unauthorised release of sensitive/confidential information;
(e) Misuse of authority for private gain or reward;
(f) Unauthorised access to examination data or subject credits; and
(g) Failure to accurately verify information on certificates and qualifications.


(3) It is the duty of the examination official or systems administrator or service provider responsible for these functions, to ensure the accuracy of the examination data provided. Any data presented that is inaccurate must be regarded as an irregularity.


(4) Provision of examination data to any institution or individual, without the approval of the Director-General or Head of Department, or his or her nominee constitutes an irregularity.