Interviews With Learners Linked to Matric Exam Leaks Cancelled as Cosas Intervenes

The Department of Basic Education in Mpumalanga issued 14 learners connected to the matric paper leaks with hearing letters, requiring them to be interviewed. However Cosas has intervened cancelling these interviews. 

 

Investigations concerning the leaking of the two matric exam question papers have been ongoing, with 14 grade 12 learners in Mpumaplanga having been called for an interview concerning this. 

The two matric exam question papers that were leaked was the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 exams. 

The interviews of these learners were cancelled after the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) intervened in the process as they say the learners have been falsely accused. 

The group of learners were meant to go to these interviews at the Nkululeko circuit office in Mbombelaon on Thursday 6 January to answer some questions regarding the two questions that were leaked in the NSC final examinations last year. 

However Cosas spokesperson, Douglas Ngobeni has said that the department could not answer the question of how these learners were selected for these interviews and who the actual culprit behind the leaks were. 

Ngobeni said that the learners could not be blamed for the leak and that the department should be holding the printing company accountable. 

“There are no principles that guide the department to conduct these hearings.  If this is a criminal case, the department should take  it to the court of law. They must deal with their own faults and terminate the contract of the printing company,” Ngobeni said.

Learners have said that they felt attacked and traumatised by these accusations and that focus should be placed on the real culprits who distributed the question papers. 

Cosas has called on all learners across the country to contact them if they have received invitations to these interviews so that they can provide assistance to them where it is needed. 

Themba Daniel Shikwambana, aged 31, appeared before the Johannesburg magistrate court after he was arrested for the alleged theft of the Mathematics Paper 2 question paper.

The matter was however postponed and he was granted bail of R1000. 

The Hawks continues to investigate this matter. 

 

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