The Council of Education Ministers held an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon to consider the implications of the latest leaked Matric exam paper.
The Physical Science Paper 2 was leaked an circulated before the exam on Monday morning. The leak came after the department asked the Hawks to investigate an earlier incident involving the Mathematics paper last week.
“The investigations are at an advanced stage and details on the progress of the probe will be made public at the right time, while possible areas of weakness have been identified. In addition to this, the department has also dispatched teams to provinces to recheck the security systems” Mhlanga said.
The CEM considered several options to protect the rest of the exams but for security reasons, these cannot be discussed.
“We want to reassure the public that we are hard at work to ensure that we protect the examinations. The Hawks have been helpful in working with us and they are encouraging developments coming from their side” Motshekga said.
The national department and provinces are continuing to work around the clock to implement the new measures to protect the ongoing exams and to hunt down the culprits responsible for the leaking of the papers.
“It is unfortunate that people continue to be involved in something like this, even though the consequences can be dire. We condemn, in the strongest terms, the conduct of persons who undermine the integrity of the examination because it causes untold stress on the learners who are looking forward to exiting the schooling system with a pass from an honest examination, not one associated with cheating” Minister Angie Motshekga said.