Matric exams: Motshekga tightens security after Physical Science leak

Matric exams: Motshekga tightens security after Physical Science leak

- The Matric 2020 final exams have encountered yet another major challenge amid already difficult circumstances

- The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that another exam paper has been leaked, this time the Physical Sciences Paper 2

- The Hawks are now on board to assist the Department to get to the bottom of who ultimately leaked the exam

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The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that yet another Matric exam paper was leaked on Monday, this time the Physical Sciences Paper 2.

The exam had been leaked just hours ahead of students sitting down to write, similar to what had occurred during the first leak.

The Department confirmed that it has approached the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations to probe the first leak, announcing that the Hawks are now at an advanced stage in these investigations.

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The Department has also dispatched teams to re-check security systems, expressing concern that the leaks had caused disruptions to a system already attempting to navigate a year fraught with challenges.

Minister Angie Motshekga says that it is unfortunate that people take these risks despite the severe consequences attached to this crime:

"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."

Motshekga also confirmed that the Department is exploring numerous options to clamp down in a bid to avoid further repeats:

"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 they are encouraging developments coming from their side."

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department had confirmed that the Mathematics Paper 2 exam had been leaked last week.

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."

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Source: Briefly News

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