Matric maths exam leak: Dept of Education vows 'harsh' punishment

Matric maths exam leak: Dept of Education vows 'harsh' punishment

- The Department of Basic Education has launched an investigation after it emerged that a Mathematics exam was leaked just hours before matric students would begin writing

- While the exact origin of the leak remains unclear, sources claim that it emerged out of the Limpopo and Gauteng provinces

- The Department has pleaded with citizens with information relating to the leak to come forward

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The Department of Basic Education is currently investigating the events that saw the Mathematics Paper 2 exam leaked just hours ahead of the matric students sitting down to write.

In a statement released by the Education Ministry, it emerged that the leak had taken place in the early hours of Monday morning:

"Initial indications are that the paper became available in the early parts of Monday morning, hours before the paper could be written."
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The Department of Basic Education has vowed to investigate and dish out harsh punishment to those involved. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
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The Department noted that early signs in the investigation point to the sources of the leak being 'located in the Limpopo and Gauteng provinces'.

The Department explained that it has confirmed that the contents of the leaked paper do indeed match the exam written by matrics on Monday:

"The department verified the content of the question paper and found it to be the same as the question paper that was to be written at 09:00."

The Department committed to investigating the extent of the leak in the two provinces, adding in the statement that:

"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."
"The Department will investigate this matter fully and thoroughly and will utilize the mechanisms it has at its disposal which are part of the examination protocol to identify learners that may have had access to the papers."
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The Department further called for a 'focus on the examination papers that are still to be written', warning that culprits will be 'dealt with harshly'.

Citizens with any information that may help to clarify who was responsible for the leak were urged to come forward with a report on the incident promised in coming days.

Commenting on the situation, Deputy Education Minister Dr Reginah Mhaule signalled that the Department was immensely disappointed at the breach:

"We are very disappointed that the Mathematics Paper II has been leaked. We are still investigating the origins of the leak and want to assure the public that the perpetrators of this act will be dealt with harshly."

Earlier, reported that the Department of Education and the Department of Health had managed to reach an agreement over Covid-19 positive matric students.

Initially, students who tested positive would have been forced to wait until next year for the opportunity to write their exams.

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However, the agreement now allows for infected students to continue writing under strict health protocols.

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