Now, students will need to rewrite the leaked exams according to the Basic Education Minister. The actions of some students are set to have a bad impact on many matric students.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently hosted a media briefing to update South Africans on the progress of the Matric 2020 examination.
The Minister has now confirmed that the Mathematics Paper II and the Physical Sciences Paper II exams will need to be rewritten nationwide.
Commenting on the unfortunate situation on Friday afternoon, Motshekga confirmed many student’s worst fears:
“The CEM [Council of Education Ministers] decided a national rewrite of both mathematics paper 2 and physical sciences paper 2 is necessary. Mathematics paper 2 will be written on December 15 at 2 pm, and physical sciences paper 2 will be written on December 17 at 9 am.”
Motshekga explained that the decision had not been an easy one to make, commenting further that: “It was not an easy decision to take but one which is necessary under the circumstances. We need to work hard to deal with the human factor in the examination system,” said Motshegka.
The Minister says that the ‘viral spread of information on cyber networks’ had made it ‘virtually impossible’ to accurately pin down how many pupils had access to the leaked exams.
Stakeholders were consulted and there was a need to protect the integrity of the examination and to ‘expose the culprits who place the lives of pupils at risk’:
“The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is the flagship qualification relating to schooling. The credibility of the NSC examination is of paramount importance. Any lingering doubt relating to the credibility of the NSC examinations must be thoroughly investigated and addressed.”
Avoiding early access to exam papers, according to Motshekga, is the entire point of countless security measures. This is the first time in the history of South Africa that a rewrite has ever been done.
As for the culprits, the Basic Education Minister is convinced that they are adults, not students: “It is clear the people responsible for leaking the question papers are adults.
CEM appreciates the work being done by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, the Hawks. We welcome the arrest that has been made and we hope more arrests will follow.
We need to send a strong message that tampering with the national examination is a serious offence.”
Below are the dates for rewriting Mathematics Paper 2, Physical Science P2, as well as CAT and IT pic.twitter.com/tEPBLbvj2j
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) December 4, 2020