Umalusi wants ‘clean’ matric exams after 2020 leaks

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This year's matric exams are scheduled to start from 27 October and will conclude on 7 December.

Quality assurance council Umalusi says it has been assured by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) that there will not be a repeat of last year’s matric exam paper leaks, reports The Citizen.

Umalusi assesses the readiness of schools in three assessment bodies; the DBE, the Independent Examination Board (IEB) and the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI).

Speaking to Power987 on Monday, Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi said the regulatory body was looking forward to an “incident-free” matric exams.

“The conversation that we had with the department has been that the examinations have to be tamper proof. We [can’t] allow any form of leakage. The system has been compromised in the past.

“The department has been very active in ensuring that we don’t have an occurrence of those compromises. Even now the department has assured us that we will not have an occurrence of what has happened in the past,” he said.

Rakometsi further said that DBE employees had signed pledges to ensure that the exams were carried out without any problems.

Last year, mathematics paper 2 and physical sciences paper 2 were leaked to pupils hours before being written.

While the Government Printing Works (GPW) was identified as the source of the leak, a 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the matter.

Themba Daniel Shikwambana was released on R1,000 bail in December 2020.

Shikwambana worked at a Johannesburg-based company that the department had contracted to print the 2020 matric exam papers.