Education won’t tolerate any leaks

2012-11-30 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said it will take stringent actions against any pupil linked to buying leaked exam papers.

On Tuesday, the police arrested two departmental officials believed to have stolen eight exam papers and sold them in the province.

The alleged suspects are apparently employees in the printing department based in Truro House in Durban.

The department’s spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said only one economics paper was stolen and not eight as was reported in other publications.

“We’re only aware of one paper,” he told The Witness.

With reference to a Durban High School pupil who is alleged to have bought a paper, Mahlambi said the investigations were still ongoing, but that if he was found guilty there would be serious consequences.

Mahlambi said the pupil’s results might be nullified. Another consequence would be that the pupil might be disqualified from writing examinations, usually for a period of up to two years.

“This learner will not be allowed to write and would suffer some kind of negativity lingering around him.”

He said even when he went to a tertiary institution or looked for a job he would always be scrutinised.

He added that the officials would certainly be suspended and might face jail time if found guilty.

“Even at this stage the learner knows that his future has been tampered with,” he added.

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