Hawks take over Mpuma exam leak probe

2010-01-06 13:00
The case of matric examination paper leakages in Mpumalanga has been handed over to the Hawks, the basic education department said.

Chief director for national examinations and assessment Nkosinathi Sishi said: “We have decided that the Hawks should take over the investigations because it’s a unit that’s more advanced than the police. We’re hoping more people will be arrested.”

Sishi said stern action would be taken against the culprits. He also called on the public to assist the department with information relating to irregularities or leakage.

A total of 13 people including an official from the department were arrested last year and have appeared in court several times.

The education department on Tuesday said it hoped to release exam results for Mpumalanga’s 60 000 matrics by the end of the week.

Exam quality assurance body Umalusi on Monday announced that matric results for Mpumalanga pupils would not be released with that of the rest of the country on Thursday.

AfriForum Youth demanded Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga take disciplinary steps against all officials responsible for the maladministration of last year’s matric examination.

The body threatened to take this matter up with the Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector, and said that it was also ready to launch a comprehensive campaign to assist matriculants disadvantaged by this “incompetence”.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) slammed the delay in the release of Mpumalanga’s matric results.

“It’s totally unacceptable that learners, for the second year running, have to pay the price for the incompetence of officials.

“Learners and educators worked hard over many years and suddenly they are at a disadvantage because the provincial department did not take the necessary steps to protect the credibility and creditworthiness of the exams,” said Fedsas provincial manager Constanze van der Walt.

Fedsas also demanded that necessary steps be taken against those involved in the debacle.

Matric results in North West, Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will be released on Thursday.