Leaked Maths paper will not be rewritten

Learners will not rewrite the Mathematics 2 paper that was leaked in Limpopo, says the Department of Basic Education.

This, as Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga received a report from the Ministerial Investigation Team (MIT) appointed to look into the leaked examination paper in Limpopo. The MIT was appointed earlier this month.

The MIT found that the leak was confined to a few learners who had since been identified.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the leak does not go beyond 100 learners at 10 schools.

The leaked question paper was uncovered at the Giyani High School where it emerged that learners had access to the question paper before writing the examination.

While the paper will not be rewritten, the department said steps will be taken. These include normal disciplinary processes and appropriate sanctions being imposed on the learners involved.

In addition, investigative marking will be done to establish if the credibility of the examination has not been compromised while statistical comparative analysis will be applied to the affected learners and schools to establish if there were any peculiarities that need further investigation.

The operating license of the New Era College will be reviewed. This is the school owned by Tinyiko Elphas Khosa, 52, the suspect linked to the leaked examination paper.

Khosa was denied bail last week and was remanded in police custody. The Hawks have indicated that another arrest may be made soon as investigations continue.

The department said despite this unfortunate incident, examinations have gone well.

“I would like to thank all of those involved in the exam system for ensuring that there were no other major challenges reported during the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) [exams]. Those moderators, invigilators, officials and those involved in the security and transportation of the exam papers have all contributed to the success of these examinations,” said Minister Motshekga.

Marking of exam papers

Marking of exam papers will begin on Thursday, December 1.

“We express the utmost gratitude to all of those who will be working through the December holidays to ensure that we are able to release the results on the 4th of January 2017,” said Minister Angie Motshekga.

The 2016 NSC examinations will conclude tomorrow and the task of marking will begin with about 47 400 markers at 140 marking centres around the country who will undertake to mark all 11 million examination scripts.

On Tuesday, 108 543 candidates will write Agricultural Practices at 9am, while the last paper will be Design at 2pm.  – SAnews.gov.za


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