- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga held a media briefing on Wednesday to update the nation on the progress of the matric exams
- During the briefing it was revealed that adults have been posing as students in an attempt to write their matric finals
- This comes in the wake of the news that a leak had occurred with the Mathematics Paper II exam
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga held a media briefing on Wednesday on the current matric exams.
During the briefing, it emerged that adult citizens had been caught attempting to pass as matric students at exam venues.
The Department listed the numerous challenges facing the matrics during an already difficult year.
Chief Director of National Assessment and Public Examinations Rufus Poliah commented on the matter:
“An imposter is sometimes referred to as a ‘ghost candidate’ and technically what happens in this situation is where one other individual or adult decides to write on behalf of the registered candidate."
“But in both cases, they were identified immediately on entry into the examination room because they have to produce their ID. In fact, one of them was apprehended and arrested by the police and the other one managed to disappear but we’ve reported that to the police."
Motshekga commended both teachers and learners, revealing that over one million people were writing their finals:
“This examination is the largest yet with 1 058 699. The exam started in earnest on 5 November and will end on 15 December 2020. The exam is taking in 8 200 exam centres in all provinces with 80,000 invigilators. Two hundred and sixteen question papers are being written with more than 10 million scripts printed. The sector appointed 45 000 markers in 180 marking centres."
Motshekga commented on the exam paper that recently made headlines after being leaked:
“We are however very disappointed that a question paper has been leaked and some learners appear to have had access to it before it was written. Before I conclude, let me say that the penalty for offences related to examinations are very serious. As a learner, you can be banned for up to three years from writing the NSC exam and if you are an employee in the system you could be jailed."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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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