Task team to probe maths paper leak
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has established a Ministerial Investigation Team that will investigate the recent leak of Mathematics Paper 2 paper..
"This Ministerial Investigation Team will work closely with the provincial colleagues and I have been assured by MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe, that his department will support this investigation and will take all possible measures to secure the rest of the examination," Minister Motshekga said on Friday.
The Mathematics Paper 2, which was written as part of the National Senior Certificate examination, was leaked and discovered at the Giyani High school, in the Mopani district of Limpopo.
The Ministerial Investigation Team is expected to report to the Minister in the next six weeks.
They will work closely with the Hawks and will engage the services of a private investigation company, if the case so warrants.
"We are becoming acutely aware of the role of modern technology in the examination process and as a system we may not have adequately addressed the security risks associated with these communication innovations.
"We will obtain the expert advice of our Information Technology Specialists in addressing this matter. This may entail a review of our legislative framework and certain examination practices," Minister Motshekga said.
Preliminary findings of the investigation show that a copy of the question paper, which was not in exactly the same format as the final examination paper was received by one candidate who is a learner at the Giyani High School.
The learner has come forward and made this confession voluntarily and he has made a full disclosure.
Other learners from the school have also come forward and admitted to having received the question paper from a Whatsapp chat group, on their cell phones
Minister Motshekga said the question paper did not have the features of the final examination paper but the contents and sequence of the questions was exactly the same as the final question paper.
"At this stage it would appear that the leakage could be limited to selected learners in the one school and a few learners from the neighbouring schools," she said.
Minister Motshekga has encouraged all matriculants who are writing exams to not be distracted by this recent event and to continue to focus on their studies.
"Learners that deviously obtain an unfair advantage over others will be identified through our special measures that we adopt during the marking process and using post examination analytical measures," Minister Motshekga said.
Any irregular activities can be reported to the department's call centre number, 0800 202 933. All information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Source: South African Government News Agency.