By Liam Ngobeni Time of article publishedMight 21, 2020

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Pretoria – Measures have been put in place to make sure there are not any chancers who try to cheat, or any leaking of papers in the course of the upcoming on-line exams at Unisa.

College spokesperson Edgar Rathelele stated the exams can be on-line as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and the bodily distancing regulation that needed to be adhered to.

The college exams which have been scheduled to be venue-based would now be performed on-line.

“The exams will likely be obtainable on the myUnisa or myExam system and will likely be encrypted in order that there is no such thing as a chance of leaking earlier than the time.

“Numerous marking techniques together with using plagiarism instruments and digital proctoring will likely be used. The college can have zero tolerance for any type of irregularity recognized within the marking course of.”

To fight dishonest, in line with Rathelele, earlier than beginning the examination the scholars would signal a declaration that it was their very own work.

“That is additionally to verify that college students perceive and can abide by the college’s guidelines on plagiarism and collusion.”

As well as, Unisa will likely be utilizing plagiarism checkers (of handwritten and typed solutions) and different functions to display screen a pupil’s work for matches to both digital sources or different submitted work.

“Through the marking train, examiners will likely be alert for any type of dishonest.”

He stated if there was any suspicion pupil had cheated, the coed’s work can be submitted to additional scrutiny and investigation and/or Unisa would conduct a follow-up oral examination to verify the coed’s understanding of the module.

“The college can have zero tolerance for any type of dishonest.

“Our disciplinary code is evident that dishonest and any type of dishonesty and collusion in an examination is a severe disciplinary offence that can end in disciplinary actions together with expulsion from the college with no qualification.”

Monitoring for some modules within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Know-how would come with further distant invigilation internet cameras.

“That is constructed on high of the present evaluation strategies in myExams. Will probably be utilizing facial recognition and different options to watch the examination.

“In different instances, they are going to be monitored in the course of the marking course of as described above.”

He stated investments in direction of enhancing efficiencies within the system have been nonetheless being made and to this point an preliminary funding of R50million in direction of the availability of knowledge to all Unisa college students had been made.

Rathelele stated all college students who wished to jot down can be writing and those that don’t write can be mechanically deferred to the October/November exams.

Pupil Katlego Nkwe stated there was nervousness as they’d by no means skilled this earlier than.

He stated he was involved concerning the web site crashing due to quite a lot of site visitors resulting in extensions and requested how would it not work in the course of the examination season?

“Think about you’re taking a time off to jot down, and the web site doesn’t work effectively or crashes, so there are these issues and fears as nobody needs to fail however hopefully they are going to be sorted by the point exams start.”

He recommended the college for the trouble in ensuring they have been linked by providing them information and speaking.

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