KZN police probing reports of matric exam paper leaks

2009-10-23 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL police are investigating rumours of matric paper leaks in the province, just a day after a pupil and two teachers were arrested over the same issue in Mpumalanga province.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu, reporting on his department’s readiness for the exams, which start on Monday, said yesterday they were alerted to the exam paper leaks on Wednesday.

“What I can confirm is that police are trying to establish what papers have been leaked. From what I’ve heard, it appears that these leaks came from outside the province,” said Mchunu.

Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said an examination monitoring and priority committee has been established to conduct the investigations. He said the team will consist of members of the SA Police Service and education officials.

“At this stage the committee is just going on a rumour. The team started working on Wednesday.

“It looks like the areas in question are Newcastle, greater Durban and the north coast,” said Mdunge.

He said further comment will be informed by the outcome of the committee’s preliminary investigation, though he could not say when these investigations will be concluded.

Mchunu said the decision to recall any paper is taken by the national Education Ministry.

Superintendent-general Cassius Lubisi said recalling an exam paper is a very costly “headache”.

He said each paper is set with at least two backups, but if the recalled paper has already been printed, it means that costs double.

Both the MEC and Lubisi are confident that the province is ready to conduct all exams, with the focus on the grade 12 exams.

The men cited poor results in business studies for the June assessments as a concern.

However, Lubisi said he has found that one cannot predict final results based on quarterly assessments.

KZN has 140 089 pupils registered to write the 2009 matric examinations and 12 400 part-time candidates.

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