DBE intensifies investigations as Matric exam papers continue to leak

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) continues to try and track down the source of leaks within the 2020 Matric exams as it confirms that yet another question paper was available to the public ahead of students sitting to write.

Last week it was revealed that Mathematics Paper 2 had been leaked in various provinces around the country. Now the DBE reports that Physical Sciences (Chemistry) Paper 2 has suffered the same fate on 22nd November when South Africa’s Matrics sat for it. Like the maths paper certain parties had access to the questions ahead of the exam beginning at 09:00 local time on the day.

“The reported leak of Physics 2 come after the Department asked the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The Hawks, to investigate an earlier incident involving Maths last week. The investigations are at an advanced stage and details on the progress of the probe will be made public at the right time while areas of possible areas weakness have been identified,” reads an official statement from the DBE.

The department is openly asking the public to share any information they have about the leaks.

Before these events even occurred the department told Matrics that failure to report irregularities such as leaked question papers would result in learners being regarded as “complicit“.

Following the maths leak last week the DBE also began to talk of potential rewrites of the affect exams.

With 2020’s Matric exams sabotaged from the beginning because of COVID-19 and South Africa’s lockdowns, these extra stresses cannot be good for the honest students trying to complete their education.

Despite the leaks and these investigations the exams continue. Today, 24th November, students will be writing Afrikaans, Agricultural Sciences 2, Nautical Science P2 as well as Sport and Exercise Science 2.

The exams will continue until 15th December, and results are planned to be released next year on 12th December.

“In addition to this the Department has also dispatched teams to provinces to re-check the security systems. The [Council of Education Ministers] CEM expressed yet concern that the leaks were causing disruptions to a system which already experienced challenges due to COVID-19… CEM considered several options that are meant to further protect the exams but for security reasons these would not be divulged,” the department’s statement adds.


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