The Class of 2020 will have to rewrite Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) said it has launched an investigation to establish the extent of the leak.
In a statement Friday, Motshekga said the investigation had uncovered a “viral spread of information on the cyber networks.”
“This made it virtually impossible to accurately identify the number of learners that have had access to the leaked question papers.”
After extensive consultations, the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) decided that there is a need to protect the integrity of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, Motshekga said.
“Any lingering doubt relating to the credibility of the NSC examinations must be thoroughly investigated and addressed. Avoiding prior access to the question paper is what all security measures are directed towards.”
“Having considered all of these factors, CEM decided that a national rewrite of both Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 is necessary,” the minister said.
Matrics will therefore rewrite Mathematics Paper on Tuesday, 15 December, 2020 at 14h00.
“It was not an easy decision to take but one which is necessary under the circumstances. We need to work hard to deal with the human factor in the examination system,” the minister said.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, also known as the Hawks, has meanwhile made an arrest amid the ongoing investigation.
The NSC exams started on 5 November and were initially scheduled to end on 15 December 2020. The government combined it with the June Senior Certificate because of lockdown disruptions earlier this year.
A total of 1,058,699 learners are sitting for the exams.