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Second Matric Exam Paper Leaked

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The Department of Basic Education is dealing with yet another leaked exam paper. This is the second case of a leaked paper since the start of exams on November 5 2020. 

Physical Sciences paper 2 was allegedly leaked before the exam on Monday 23 November 2020. 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the department has been working to tighten security measures and protect the exams. 

“It is unfortunate that people continue to be involved in something like this even though the consequences can be dire. 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,”

Teams have been dispatched to investigate the leak of this paper, as the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) is concerned about the disruption that the leaked papers are causing. 

Last week, the department discovered that the exam paper for Maths paper 2 was leaked in Limpopo and Gauteng. The Hawks have been investigating the leak since Monday 16 November. 

Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga said only people high up in the system had access to the paper. 

"Someone who is involved in the system, perhaps someone close to the distribution, someone very close to the movement of the papers. That's why one of the things that we are looking at now is when did the paper become available?"

"If we know when the paper became available, as the papers move towards the exam centres, we are able to know who is responsible for that part in the chain and that information will be critical to us so that we are able to find out where the weakest link is."

The investigations are still ongoing as the department tries to identify areas of weakness in the exam system. 

“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,” said Minister Motshekga.

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