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All Matriculants Set To Rewrite Maths and Physical Science Exams After ‘Scandalous’ Leaks – Motshekga

NYAKALLO TEFU

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Friday that all matriculants will have to rewrite Maths and Physical Science papers after they were recently leaked.

A national rewrite of both Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 is set for the next two weeks.

Mathematics Paper will be written on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 14:00, and Physical Sciences Paper 2 will be written on Thursday 17 December 2020 at 09:00.  

“Mathematics paper 2 will be written on 15 December 2020 and Physical Science paper 2 on 17 December 2020,” Motshekga announced on Friday. 

Motshekga said the department only decided for the two papers because the other papers were substituted with back-up papers. 

“There were rumours of Business Studies having leaked, but we moved swiftly to replace that paper,” said Motshekga. 

The minister said this was something very new for her department. 

“This is the first time in history where we have a national re-write, we have had a provincial re-write but not national,” said Motshekga. 

“This is a difficult exercise for both learners and teacher but we have to send out a very strong message to those who think they leak exam papers.”

The Council of Education Ministers is expecting the National Investigation Task Team (NITT) to make recommendations on restoring the credibility of the 2020 examination in the country as a whole and most of all establish the source of the leak.

The CEM convened a special meeting on Tuesday morning to consider the recommendations of the National Examinations Irregularities Committee (NEIC).

The NITT, operating under the auspices of the NEIC, has been tasked to investigate the leakage of Mathematics P2 and Physical Science P2. The report of the NEIC was presented to CEM by the chair of the NEIC, Advocate Luvuyo Bono.

 (SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)

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