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More provinces involved in matric exam paper leak

Learners in eight provinces — all provinces besides the Free State — have accessed the leaked arithmetic paper two. 

This was revealed by the division of fundamental schooling chief director of nationwide assessments and public examinations, Rufus Poliah, in a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon. 

The division introduced on Monday that it had found the paper had been leaked hours earlier than it was to be written. The division had earlier mentioned that it appeared the paper had reached learners in Limpopo and Gauteng. 



Poliah mentioned grade 12 learners on the identical WhatsApp group circulated the paper. He mentioned the division’s spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, was made conscious of the leak in the early hours of Monday, when he acquired an e-mail from a college pupil in Johannesburg who additionally runs a nongovernmental organisation that assists learners.

The pupil wrote in the e-mail that he had acquired the query paper from 4 learners in Gauteng who wished him to help in answering it. 

“He became suspicious and forwarded [the question paper] to Mhlanga,” mentioned Poliah. 

He added that his coronary heart sank when he acquired an e-mail from Mhlanga asking him to confirm the authenticity of the query paper. It was certainly the maths paper two, which was written on Monday. 

Speaking on the similar press briefing, fundamental schooling minister Angie Motshekga mentioned she was very disenchanted in regards to the leak. 

Poliah emphasised that the leak of 1 query paper has no bearing on the integrity of the exam. However, going ahead, till the final paper is written, the division will strengthen its controls by heightening safety in all areas the place query papers are stored; CCTV footage can be safeguarded, and the division will make it inconceivable for any official to entry the robust room or any storage alone. He additionally mentioned that the division would be certain that it intently supervises contract employees. 

According to Poliah, in addition to the division’s investigation, the Hawks are additionally tracing the origins of the leak. 

Motshekga mentioned the leak was not an schooling matter however is now a authorized difficulty, and that’s the reason the division has sought the companies of the Hawks. 

She cautioned that the sanctions for a learner who’s discovered to have cheated in an exam are harsh. A learner faces a three-year ban from rewriting the exam; an official discovered to have leaked a paper is perhaps jailed. 

The first investigation into the leak is predicted to be concluded on 30 November; it should, amongst different issues, set up the supply of the leak and its extent. 

From this investigation, the division will resolve whether or not a common rewrite for all of the learners is important, or if a rewrite can be confined to the areas of the leak. Poliah mentioned a common rewrite may occur provided that all learners writing the paper had entry to it.  

Another investigation will concentrate on the place the WhatsApp message originated, and can embody interviews with learners who have been a part of the WhatsApp chain. 

This isn’t the primary time a matric paper has been leaked. In the 2016 matric exams, arithmetic paper two was leaked to learners in Limpopo, who circulated it on WhatsApp. 

The division held the outcomes of the affected colleges whereas the Hawks and the police investigated. 

In 2015 a life science paper was leaked in the Vhembe district of Limpopo.

In 2014, the matric exam also faced a cheating scandal, involving 58 colleges in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. It was found that group copying had taken place in a arithmetic paper. This led to the outcomes of a number of colleges being nullified. More than 100 learners took the schooling division to court docket, demanding that their results be released



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