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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

29. Roles and responsibilities of the invigilator


(1) Invigilators must:
(a) admit part-time candidates into the examination room only if the candidate produces proof of identity and an admission letter;
(b) admit a full-time candidate at a school, on producing an admission letter only;
(c) if a candidate fails to produce the required documents, admit the candidate on condition that he or she produces the documents after the examination, failing which the assessment body must institute irregularity proceedings against the candidate;
(d) ensure that candidates are seated 30 minutes before the start of the examination;
(e) ensure that the candidates have the complete question paper;
(f) give the candidates 10 minutes reading time before the commencement of the examinations;
(g) ensure that no writing takes place during the reading time;
(h) not admit a candidate after one hour after the official start of the examination;
(i) admit a candidate within the first hour after the examination has commenced, provided a legitimate reason is provided but no additional time must be allowed;
(j) only allow a candidate to leave the examination room in the case of an emergency or to go to the toilet, and in these cases, this must be done under supervision;
(k) not allow a candidate to leave the examination room before the first hour of the examination has lapsed or during the last 15 minutes of the examination session;
(l) move around in the examination room without disturbing the candidates;
(m) refer any violation of the rules and regulations by a candidate to the Chief Invigilator immediately;
(n) ensure that the candidate’s examination number is written on each answer book and on loose sheets of paper used by the candidate during the examination;
(o) ensure that the times specified in the examination timetable are adhered to; and
(p) ensure that the candidates answer the question paper in the language of instruction, unless stated otherwise in the question paper.


(2) The Invigilator may not provide candidates with an extra answer book for rough work.


(3) The Invigilator must collect all used and unused answer books including spoiled answer books that are left on the desk or table by a candidate.


(4) The Invigilator may not issue a second answer book unless he or she is satisfied that the first one is full.


(5) The Invigilator must collect all material belonging to the institution, used by the candidate in the examination, at the end of the examination.


(6) After distributing the question papers the Invigilator must—
(a) go through the question paper with the candidates, checking that—
(i) the correct question paper is issued;
(ii) the numbering is correct;
(iii) name of the question paper is the same on each page;
(iv) all the pages are printed; and
(v) annexures are complete.
(b) check against the mark sheet that all the candidates have received the correct question paper;
(c) not read aloud any question or part thereof to a candidate;
(f) not draw attention to any error he or she may have observed in the examination material unless the error is included in the erratum;
(g) refrain from explaining any question to a candidate; and
(h) switch off his or her cell phone.


(7) The Invigilator must not—
(a) read or do any work that will hinder him or her from properly performing his or her duties;
(b) use a cell phone;
(c) assist a candidate in answering any examination question;
(d) invigilate a subject that he or she teaches in any grade;
(e) leave the examination session unattended;
(f) speak to another invigilator in a manner that disturbs the candidates;
(g) hand over a copy of the question paper to any person outside the examination room or take the question paper out of the examination room before the examination has ended;
(h) allow candidates to violate the rules and regulations of the examination; (ismoke in the examination room; and
(i) carry a dangerous weapon in the examination room.