Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will now decide the fate of Giyani High School pupils who benefited from a Grade 12 maths final examination paper.
On 31 October 2016, Tinyiko Alphas Khosa, a former teacher, and owner of two independent schools in the Malamulele area, leaked the examination question paper to learners. The paper was subsequently shared by learners through Whatsapp.
Pupils from Giyani and Malamulele admitted that they had access to the Mathematics Paper II question paper, days before the day of the examination.
The Basic Education Department confirmed that 700 pupils were affected by the leak.
Basic education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said following the ugly development, Motshekga will now decide if the affected pupils will be eligible to rewrite the test.
“A report has been compiled and given to the minister. The minister will study and consider the report [and] we believe that on Friday she will make an announcement,” Mhlanga said.
The education spokesperson, however, disclosed that even if the affected pupils re-write the examination, their results will be withheld until an investigation into the matter ends.
An update on the investigation into the matter so far indicates that the pupils in Giyani received an electronic version of the paper via Whatsapp, while pupils from a school where Khoza tutors received a hard copy of the leaked matric maths exam paper.
On Wednesday, Tinyiko Alphas Khosa appeared in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court for a bail application. The suspect handed himself to the police last week after the Hawks launched an investigation and tracked the origin of the leak back to Limpopo.
Limpopo police spokesman Captain Matimba Maluleke, who confirmed the arrest, said the police believe that more suspects will be arrested in connection with the leaked matric maths exam paper case as the investigation progresses.