- The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) has rejected the government's decision to have learners rewrite the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2
- South Africa was shocked to learn that the papers had been leaked
- Learners are not impressed with the decision to rewrite, 2020 had been a hard enough year already
The Department of Education's decision to have grade 12 learners rewrite the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 has been rejected by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS).
They have called on learners to ignore the instruction to rewrite the papers. The revelation that the exams had been leaked had sent shock waves through South Africa .
Douglas Ngobeni, the COSAS national spokesperson had the following to say:
“The Department of Basic Education is just clowning. We reject the re-writing of the paper. Our learners must not go to the classrooms to write the paper.”
One person has been arrested 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.
The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that the Mathematics Paper II and the Physical Sciences Paper II exams will need to be rewritten nationwide.
Commenting on the unfortunate situation on Friday afternoon, Motshekga confirmed many student's worst fears:
“The CEM [Council of Education Ministers] decided a national rewrite of both mathematics paper 2 and physical sciences paper 2 is necessary. Mathematics paper 2 will be written on December 15 at 2pm, and physical sciences paper 2 will be written on December 17 at 9am."
Motshekga explained that the decision had not been an easy one to make, commenting further that:
“It was not an easy decision to take but one which is necessary under the circumstances. We need to work hard to deal with the human factor in the examination system,” said Motshegka.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the government has announced that a national rewrite of both Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 is necessary due to leaked exam papers.
The Minister says that the 'viral spread of information on cyber networks' had made it 'virtually impossible' to accurately pin down how many pupils had access to the leaked exams.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that yhe Physical Science Paper 2 Matric exam was leaked on Monday and after an investigation, it was found how it was released to students. The alleged leak of the exam paper comes after it was announced that the Mathematics paper had been leaked last week.
The Physics paper that was allegedly leaked found its way to a maths and science teacher on Twitter, who flagged the images. Screenshots of the paper were shared with the teacher by one of his pupils, who is from Tembisa, Johannesburg.
The teacher said: “A learner sent me a screenshot of the paper which clearly shows the time it was distributed, which was 5am."
The student told the teacher that she got the exam paper in a WhatsApp group but she did not want to specify exactly which group it was. The teacher has since deleted his tweet from the microblogging site and has said that he is in communication with the Department of Education.
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