Maths exam leak scandal

2012-11-11 14:20

Johannesburg - A leaked maths exam paper has resulted in the Mpumalanga education department withdrawing papers from 146 schools, the Sunday Independent reports.

Officials became suspicious when a pupil at a Witbank school took 30 minutes to complete a three-hour maths exam.

"When the child was questioned, he indicated that he got the paper from another school. We put the school on alert and then withdrew the papers," Mpumalanga education department spokesperson Jasper Zwane was quoted as saying.

The department was investigating two schools in the Witbank area. Papers at schools across the Nkangala district were withdrawn and back-up papers brought in before pupils wrote the exams.

Grade 10 business studies, accounting, and agriculture, and Grade 11 accounting, physical science, maths, maths literacy, and history were replaced.

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-11 14:39

    As if lowering the standard is not enough, some idiots still think they need to cheat their way through in the process gambling with the future of the country. The culprits must feel the full might of the law.

      sivenathi.sichotho - 2012-11-11 15:28

      Its Totaly Rediculous Kele into...After Some Leanerz Work Hard.Bona they Jst Get Answers The Department Must Do Smthng Abwt Dis.IMfundo Yasemzansi Soze Iphucuke tu!!!!

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-11 15:40

      Dont give up yet Sivenathi, the problem is actually the people who are leadingthe country's education system and we can change that but voting them out.

  • kaapse.snaai - 2012-11-11 14:40

    This is why I will never trust any pupil coming from Mpumalanga

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-11 14:47

    What else was expected of this bunch of clowns.

  • danzo.makgita - 2012-11-11 14:49

    Whats going on with our educational system.....this is bad

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-11 15:40

      @Danzo, this got nothing to do with the education system per se, but everything with collusion. Any system can be breached through collusion. That is why any security system (physical, computerised, etc.) must have detection and correction controls.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-11 14:56

    Next year all these corrupt matric students get bursaries from the government and then before you know it they are the head of a deparment running the country into the ground. cANCer.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-11 16:23

      They'll try their hand at University, but the drop out rate is scary.

  • Carlton - 2012-11-11 14:58

    Can't even cheat properly.

  • braamc - 2012-11-11 15:00

    They learn there criminal behavior from that thieve showerhead and his cadres, closer probably born with the criminal gene

  • gym.buddy.9 - 2012-11-11 15:01

    Just another day in South Africa. I'm surprised as to how this made the papers. Our education system should single handily take full responsibility for such mishaps. These are the same pupils who are regarded as future Doctors and ministers. The system is flawed.

  • trippleass.singwayo - 2012-11-11 15:02

    Mp has done it yet again,this can't keep on happening clearly da officials aren't duing exactly what they paid to do !

  • ngoepek - 2012-11-11 15:06

    Why am I suprised? After all Mpumalanga have stayed out of trouble long enough it was just a matter of time

  • Unknown Citizen - 2012-11-11 15:12

    She was stupid to only take 30min, she should have took a bit longer. Now that injury to her has caused injury to all including the innocent ones

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-11 15:18

    Maybe a ploy to get easier tests? Now all learners will pass with flying colours. Try to stay ahead of the crooks! lol

  • sedupesp - 2012-11-11 15:39

    What a fluke. . . .Mzansi has turned into a laughing stock of other countries and continents

  • chris.mafunisa - 2012-11-11 15:42

    I dnt Get, Was the Maths Paper for Matrics or Grd 10 n 11... If it was 4 matrics Then why replace the Grd 10 Agricultural?

  • douglas.barnes2 - 2012-11-11 15:43

    You are basically destroying yourself you dont even know or are to stupid to recognise it.I have pity on you cause before 1994 i had high hopes but it disappeared like puff before my eyes year after year.

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2012-11-11 15:53


      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-11-11 16:20

      Agree the plague we are experiencing already is more than enough.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-11 15:54

    ALWAYS in Mpumulanga!!!! Always the Maths & Science... start looking at the Education board to see who family is working where & attending which school at age 20 plus!

  • tebogoasterr.metswamere - 2012-11-11 16:13


  • chris.languza - 2012-11-11 16:30

    I would expect this in Limpopo for obvious reasons

      Thabiso Davis Davis - 2012-11-11 19:10

      Not Limpopo, We are used to this Leak scandal in MP every year, anyway nothing is done to officials:

  • felican - 2012-11-11 17:09

    Ugh - as if there would not be a leak in any Province - I bet the cheating going on is more than just one Province.. There is no honour left - and the lack of respect for one's self is no longer. It is just "schweet to be a gangsta" these days.. The thing is the youth have learnt from the best in corruption, deceit, lies and greed. They have been set an example and are being led by this.

  • badladballie - 2012-11-11 18:42

    Definitely need to set up a work group to discuss forming a committee to consider sending a task team to investigate this one. And they better make us believe they will leave no stone unturned or else!!

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-11-11 20:21

    Why is it a scandal? we expected it!

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-12 10:46

    Even those within the JZ........cannot get the Maths right. There is no way the cost to his palace adds up.

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-12-03 10:27

    No wonder the youth are so utterly stupid ,all they have to get is 30 % which means that 70 % of the course they no bugger all about !!

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