Matric exam leak: Motshekga confirms arrest of suspect amid probe

Matric exam leak: Motshekga confirms arrest of suspect amid probe

- The Matric 2020 exams have been marred by the leak of multiple examination papers

- Now it has been revealed that one person has been arrested in Gauteng in connection to the incidents

- The Hawks are currently investigating the matter after the Department reached out for assistance

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One person has been released in connection with the leaks experienced during the Matric 2020 finals.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga confirmed the arrested, revealing that it had been linked to the physics leak.

However, the person was not connected to the Maths and Business Economics leaks, explained the minister.

Motshekga has confirmed that one person has been arrested over the leak. Image: ER Lombard/Gallo Images
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Motshekga lamented the fact that so many papers had been compromised, commenting that:

"The fact that we lost three papers shows that there was a hole in the system."

Earlier, reported that the Department of Basic Education has confirmed that yet another Matric exam paper, this time the Physical Sciences Paper 2.

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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.

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."

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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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