A ‘fuming’ Angie Motshekga takes over the running of matric exams after leak

2015-11-17 12:01
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (File)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (File)

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has taken over the management of matric exams in Limpopo following the leak of life sciences paper 2.

A senior official in the provincial department of education in Limpopo, who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity, said the paper was leaked at a school in the Vhembe district.

“Somebody sent us the question paper and we immediately set out to investigate. We were able to establish that it was our life sciences paper2. I’m told the minister is very angry about it. She is breathing fire and she wants to know how the leak happened.”

Motshekga has just started addressing the media about the leak at the Meropa Casino in Polokwane.

A statement released by the department of basic education said: “At about 6am [yesterday] we received a tip-off that the life sciences paper 2 had been leaked. The [department] was able to verify the information received and confirm that the question paper provided at least an hour before the examination commenced was, in fact, the official question paper. This confirmed a compromise.”

Motshekga said she had appointed a team to investigate how the leak happened.

The team would try to establish the source of the security breach, the spread of the access to the question paper, and make recommendations on the credibility of the examination in the Vhembe district and how such a breach could be prevented in the future.

The team, she said, will comprise officials from her office, the South African Qualifications Authority; University South Africa (previously Higher Education South Africa) and the council for quality assurance, Umalusi.

The final report would be presented to Motshekga and Umalusi.

Motshekga said the team she had appointed to take over the exams would work with the province to safeguard the integrity of the remaining question papers.

“The oversight team will ensure that all examination processes relating to the next six weeks are tightly controlled and managed. The [department] will increase its presence in the province through the deployment of additional officials to the province. At the moment there are 30 [department] officials and monitors in the province and they will focus specifically on the locale of the alleged leakage. These officials together with the monitors will also cover every district and circuit in the province, in the remaining two weeks.”

To arrest the damage, Motshekga said the scripts of the circuit and the schools that were currently under suspicion, together with the examination processes, would be placed under quarantine and the scripts would be subjected to an investigative audit so that candidates who had not had access to the question paper could be isolated from those who were implicated.

The police and the State Security Agency had already been asked to help investigate how the security was breached.

Pupils in the affected school, district or the province could be asked to rewrite the paper.

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