The Department of Basic Education have confirmed that Physical Science paper 2 was leaked.
The paper is said to have been leaked hours before learners sat for the exam on Monday morning. The most recent leak comes less than a week after the Maths paper 2 was leaked.
IOL reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga together with the nine provincial MECs met on Monday afternoon to discuss how the leak occurred. According to a report by TimesLive, screenshots of the paper were distributed via a WhatsApp group mere hours before the exam was scheduled to begin.
IOL further reported that even though the schools’ management team was made aware of the leak, learners at KZN South Coast school who had access to the paper, still sat for the exam.
The department has also dispatched teams to provinces to recheck the security systems.
EWN reported that the DBE in their media statement said: ‘“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. In addition to this, the department has also dispatched teams to provinces to [recheck] the security systems. The CEM expressed yet concern that the leaks were causing disruptions to a system which already experienced challenges due to Covid-19.”
The DA has stepped in and probed the department for answers explaining how the papers were leaked. Nomsa Marchesi, DA spokesperson on education, said the leaked papers questions the integrity of the matric exam process.
Minister Motshekga in the DBE media statement further said: “It is unfortunate that people continue to be involved in something like this even though the consequences can be dire. We condemn in the strongest terms the conduct of persons who undermine the integrity of the examination because it causes untold stress on the learners who are looking forward to exiting the schooling system with a pass from an honest examination, not one associated with cheating.”
A full scale audit of the exam administration system is underway.