Confirmed: Matric Maths Paper 2 leaked – investigation launched

The Department of Basic Education (DBE), on Monday afternoon 16 November 2020, announced that the Matric Mathematics Paper 2 was leaked. Initial indications are that the paper became available in the early parts of Monday morning, hours before the paper could be written. 

LEAKED MATRIC PAPER: INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED 

According to DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga, the origins of the leak are not clear as yet but the matric candidates who had access to the question paper appear to be located in the Limpopo and Gauteng provinces.

“The Department verified the content of the question paper and found it to be the same as the question paper that was to be written at 9:00,” said Mhlanga.  

“The Department of Basic Education is investigating the matter to establish the extent of the leak. Early sources point to the confinement of the leakage to a few learners located in these two provinces,” he added. 

The investigating team is gathering evidence and a report will be submitted shortly regarding the leaked matric paper. The Department will also enlist the support of Law Enforcement Agencies to assist with the investigation. 

IDENTIFYING LEARNERS WHO HAD ACCESS TO THE MATHS PAPER 

Mhlanga said the department will investigate the matter fully and thoroughly and will utilize the mechanisms it has at its disposal, which are part of the examination protocol, to identify learners that may have had access to the maths paper. 

“An appeal is made to all candidates to remain focused on the examination papers that are still to be written and be assured that the culprits that are at the centre of this despicable act will be dealt with harshly,” said Mhlanga. 

Anybody with information regarding the leaked matric paper must contact the Depannem of Basic Education whereby anonymity will be guaranteed. 

“The Department of Basic Education remains committed to ensuring the credibility and integrity of this important public examination,” the statement added. 

Deputy Minister for the Department of Basic Education Dr Reginah Mhaule took to Twitter saying; 

“We are very disappointed that the Mathematics Paper II has leaked. We are still investigating the origins of the leak and want to assure the public that the perpetrators of this act will [be] dealt with harshly”.