THE Department of Basic Education and quality assurer, Umalusi have launched an urgent investigation after a Mathematics Paper Two was leaked on Monday just hours before it was set to be written.
The mathematics paper is reported to have been leaked in Gauteng and Limpopo.
“The DBE is investigating the matter to establish the extent of the leak. Early sources point to the confinement of the leakage to a few learners located in these two provinces,” Basic Education said in a statement.
“The investigating team is gathering evidence and a report will be submitted shortly. The Department will enlist the support of the Law Enforcement Agencies to assist with the investigation.”
Umalusi said: “This is a very disappointing incident that has the potential to undermine the integrity of the writing of National Senior Certificate examinations in the affected provinces.”
“In situations like these, Umalusi’s mandate is to collaborate with the relevant assessment body (DBE) and law enforcement agencies in investigating the extent of the leak to make determinations about the appropriate course of action.”
The quality assurer said affected schools may be required to write another paper.
“Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected schools may be required to write another paper on a date that will be determined by DBE and Umalusi.”
Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi said the quality assurer was working with the Department of Basic Education to bring the perpetrators to book.
“We take this matter seriously and will do everything in our power to collaborate with the Department of Basic education, law enforcement agencies and all stakeholders, to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to book,” said Rakometsi.
“We remain committed to ensuring that the integrity of this examination is protected and that the National Senior Certificate examinations conducted by the Basic Education Department remain valid and credible.”
The Department of Basic Education has made an appeal to candidates to remain focused on the examination papers that are still to be written and be assured that the culprits that are at the centre of this despicable act will be dealt with harshly.
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)