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Basic Education Launches A Full-Scale Investigation After Another Question Paper Leak Rocks Final Matric Exams

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga has condemned in the strongest terms the leaking of Physical Sciences Paper 2 exam, which was written on Monday morning.

This comes after the Mathematics Paper 2 was leaked last Monday and circulated among learners in at least eight provinces.

The department said a full scale audit of the exam administration system was underway.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the conduct of persons who undermine the integrity of the examination because it causes untold stress on the learners,” said Motshekga.

Despite the Hawks being called in to investigate the leak of the Mathematics Paper 2 last week, the Physical Sciences Paper 2 was also leaked and circulated before the exam started on Monday morning.

The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) held an urgent meeting this afternoon to consider the implications of the latest developments.

“The reported leak of Physics 2 come after the department asked the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, better known as the Hawks, to investigate an earlier incident involving Maths last week, the Department of Basic Education said in a statement on Monday night.

“The investigations are at an advanced stage and details on the progress of the probe will be made public at the right time while areas of possible weakness have been identified. In addition to this the department has also dispatched teams to provinces to re-check the security systems. The CEM expressed concern that the leaks were causing disruptions to a system which already experienced challenges due to COVID-19.”

“It is unfortunate that people continue to be involved in something like this even though the consequences can be dire. We condemn in the strongest terms the conduct of persons who undermine the integrity of the examination because it causes untold stress on the learners who are looking forward to exiting the schooling system with a pass from an honest examination, not one associated with cheating,” said Motshekga.

CEM considered several options that are meant to further protect the exams but for security reasons these would not be divulged, the statement said.

“We want to reassure the public that we are hard at work to ensure that we protect the examinations. The Hawks have been helpful in working with us and there are encouraging developments coming from their side,” said Motshekga.

“The DBE and provinces are continuing to work around the clock to implement the new measures that have been activated to protect the on-going examinations and also to hunt down the culprits.”

Last week, a Mathematics Paper 2 was shared on electronic messaging platforms by learners in Gauteng and Limpopo.

The Department of Basic Education said it was investigating the origins of the leak of the Mathematics Paper 2 exam.

The paper was allegedly leaked in the early hours of Monday before Grade 12 learners could sit for the exam.

It is understood that the leaked material was shared on electronic messaging platforms by learners in Gauteng and Limpopo.

Basic Education Department Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, said it was unclear which province the paper leaked from.

“It looks like someone had a hardcopy and took images, very clear images and it was then shared from there, other people received via Whatsapp and it was shared amongst learners who are in Gauteng and it is clear that the other learners were in Limpopo. This does not mean though it leaked from Limpopo or from Gauteng, that is what we are trying to establish,” said Mhlanga.

(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)

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