Leaked maths paper affects 30 000 students countrywide

2016-11-30 11:27
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Pretoria - About 30 000 students' holiday plans were disrupted last week when it emerged that a maths examination paper had been leaked, leading to the exam being rescheduled to a later date.

Madikwe Mabotha, a spokesperson for the Department of Higher Education and Training, said the department had received information on November 23 that a maths N2 paper had been leaked. The paper was scheduled to have been written on November 24, Netwerk24 reported. 

The paper is written nationally at technical and vocational education training colleges. 

"Because it happened a day before the paper was to have been written, it was withdrawn and the new date for the exam is December 2." 

Mabotha said that was to allow for a new paper to be drawn up, printed and distributed.

About 30 000 candidates have to write the exam and Mabotha said measures have been taken to ensure that there isn't a leak again.

"According to a report, a picture of the paper was found on WhatsApp on a candidate's cellphone. The department contacted the Hawks to trace the source and prosecute the guilty parties."

Lizelle van Aswegen, whose son Werner is a first year student at Sol-Tech technical college in Pretoria, said many had already made their holiday plans and transport arrangements for this week.

Mabotha said the academic year for technical and vocational education training colleges only ends on December 9.

"Students therefore have to be available until December 9, irrespective of when their last paper is written." 

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