Leaked exam paper tarnished Limpopo results - MEC

2016-01-06 11:13

Polokwane - The leaking of an exam paper tarnished Limpopo's matric results, Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe said on Wednesday.

It was the most "shocking story" in the province in the past 19 years, he said at the announcement of Limpopo's matric results in Polokwane.

A total of 101 575 pupils wrote matric and got a 65.9% pass rate, compared to 72.9% in 2014.

He said the life sciences paper was leaked at the Marude Secondary School in the Vhembe district on the eve of the exam.

"We have never experienced the misfortune of an examination paper being leaked," he said

The scandal, blamed on poor security at the department, prompted Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to force pupils to rewrite the paper.

Kgetjepe said preliminary investigations found the leakage was not widespread, and expressed the hope that the culprits would be arrested and prosecuted. The matter was reported to the police and a case of fraud was opened.

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