The department on Tuesday said it views this security breach in serious light and has involved law enforcement agencies, the Hawks and the South African Police Service, to swiftly investigate this matter. A case has been opened with the police.
Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department has established that learners in a few schools in the Mopani district had access to the leaked maths paper before the paper 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 DBE and the province is working together with law enforcement to get to the bottom of this matter so that we can take appropriate action.”
The department said it would like to assure learners, parents and other stakeholders that it is has taken extraordinary measures to safeguard the integrity of the exams and will work tirelessly to expose and charge those behind the incident.
“The department will do everything possible to maintain the high level of security across the country and would like to caution learners not to take part in the criminal acts.
“We appeal to learners, parents and members of the community to report any incidents of papers being leaked and expose those behind the acts,” said Mhlanga.
This year, 677 141 full-time and 150 183 part-time candidates will sit for the National Senior Certificate examinations.