Hawks to probe leak of matric maths paper in Limpopo
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