Hawks to probe leak of ma­tric maths pa­per in Lim­popo

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CAPE TOWN — The Hawks and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the leak of a ma­tric math­e­mat­ics pa­per in Lim­popo after the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion laid a charge fol­low­ing the se­cu­rity breach.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Eli­jah Mh­langa said in a state­ment that it had es­tab­lished that pupils at a few schools in the Mopani Dis­trict had gained ac­cess to the sec­ond math­e­mat­ics exam pa­per be­fore it was writ­ten.

“We are go­ing to quar­an­tine all the scripts of the schools in the area to es­tab­lish if there are any pat­terns. A team from [the depart­ment] and prov­ince are work­ing to­gether with law en­force­ment to get to the bot­tom of this mat­ter so that we can take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion,” he said.

Mh­langa warned ma­tric­u­lants against “tak­ing part in crim­i­nal acts”, say­ing the depart­ment would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to main­tain the high level of se­cu­rity across the coun­try.

“The depart­ment would like to as­sure learn­ers, par­ents and other stake­hold­ers that it has taken ex­traor­di­nary mea­sures to safe­guard the in­tegrity of these ex­ams and would work tire­lessly to ex­pose and charge those be­hind the in­ci­dent of maths exam pa­per in Lim­popo,” he said.

The depart­ment ap­pealed to any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the leak­ing of papers to re­port it.

A to­tal of 677 141 full-time and 150 183 part-time can­di­dates are writ­ing this year’s ex­ams. — Sapa

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