The Department of Basic Education is Investigating Matric Exam Paper Leak

The Department of Basic Education is Investigating Matric Exam Paper Leak Date Published: November 24, 2020 Two matric exam papers for the November 2020 exams have been leaked. Mathematics Paper...

The Department of Basic Education is Investigating Matric Exam Paper Leak

Date Published: November 24, 2020

Two matric exam papers for the November 2020 exams have been leaked. Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 had been leaked into circulation just hours before the exams were set to be written. 

Physical Science Paper 2 was the latest in the leaks, only having been released yesterday morning the 23rd of November. 

What You Need to Know

Here is everything you need to know about the leaked examination papers and the investigations:

  • The Council of Education Ministers met to discuss the implications: After the leak of the Physical Science paper on the 23rd of November, the Council of Education Ministers joined to discuss the implications of the second paper leak.
  • The Hawks are already investigating the first leak: The Hawks are already investigating the leak of Mathematics Paper 2 and will now also investigate the second leak of Physical Science Paper 2. 
  • Progress has been made in the investigations and details will be released: The original Mathematics Paper 2 investigation has now reached advanced stages. All details on the process of the probe will be made public when the DoE sees fit. Areas of possible weakness in security have also been identified. 
  • The Department of Education has dispatched teams to monitor the security systems: Teams have been dispatched across all provinces to recheck the security systems that have been put in place. The CEM stated that the leaks caused great disruptions to a system that is already experiencing difficulties as a result of COVID-19.
  • Minister Angie Motshekga condemns these crimes: The Minister of Education condemned the crimes and stated that these leakages destroy the integrity of the examination process. Many students want to leave an honest schooling system, not one that was associated with cheating. 
  • New options for protection have been put in place: New security options have been put in place but the details cannot and will not be released to the public. 
  • DBE and all provinces are implementing new measures to prevent further leakages and to find culprits: The DBE is working to implement new measures across all provinces to protect the integrity of the examination period and to find cheating culprits.

The Department of Basic Education Media Release:

Author: Andrea Frisby 

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