An internal investigation will be done by the Free State Department of Education after the wrong Accounting paper was printed and distributed to schools in the province.
According to the department’s spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, it is difficult to say how a mistake such as this could occur, therefore the department will be launching an investigation into the matter. Pending the outcome, they will be strengthening their systems and taking extreme measures to ensure that this does not occur again.
He said the paper that was printed was the Accounting Paper 2 from November last year. The department was notified by various schools across the province.
Ndaba explained that because this is a recent paper from 2020 and learners would have studied most of the contents, should teachers want to mark these “wrong scripts” they can do so to identify learning gaps and to use it as preparation for the matric final exams. However, it is not compulsory for teachers to mark these scripts.
He further explained to Bloemfontein Courant that the department will be meeting with unions and schools in order for them to work through this incident.
Due to the wrong paper reaching schools, matrics are said to write the correct Accounting paper on 1 October 2021 at 09:00.
Ndaba further said that besides this incident, the Free State matric exams are going smoothly and that the department and other stakeholders are looking forward to the final exams.