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Investigations on paper leak at advanced stage

“It leaked in Johannesburg”-Preliminary findings

By: Bohopa Vinolia

The Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga and Limpopo Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe held Media briefing regarding the progress made in the investigation into the leaked exam paper discovered in Giyani High School, Mopani District today. The grade 12 Mathematics paper 2 question paper leaked on the 31 October 2016.


The Departmental preliminary findings indicate a copy of the question paper, which was not in exactly the same format as the final examination paper was received by one candidate who is a learner at the Giyani High School. However, the leak was detected to be in Johannes. The Giyani learner received the paper through social media sent by former Giyani learner now in one of institutions of higher learning in Gauteng.

The learner has since come forward and made this confession voluntarily and he has made a full disclosure which is helpful in taking the investigation forward. Others also came forward and admitted to have received the question paper from whatsapp chat group.

Minister Motshekga said “I have established a ministerial investigation team that will work closely with the provincial colleagues that will fully investigate all aspects of this case and will report to me in the next six weeks.” She also urged all candidates who are writing the examination not to be distracted and appealed they keep focussed. “This examination is your gateway to your future career and as a department we will not rest if this vital national asset is tempered with”, she said.

Grade 12 examinations continue until the 29th November while the results will be released on the 5th January 2017.  A total of 110 557 full-time and 20 975 part-time learners are seating for the examinations this year in Limpopo. They are writing in 1699 centres.

Both the MEC and the Minister condemned all irregularities during examinations. They reminded the nation this can lead to imprisonment and banishment of learners from studies.