There isn’t any honour in leaking a matric examination paper

What’s it in regards to the matric arithmetic paper two that it was really easy to leak? 

On Monday the division of primary training stated learners in Limpopo and Gauteng had entry to the maths exam paper. It has since emerged that learners in eight provinces noticed the paper, which was shared on WhatsApp. The learners received the leak simply hours earlier than the examination was written. 

An analogous assertion had been despatched out in 2016, when maths paper two additionally landed within the palms of learners in Limpopo. 

A leak of any examination paper shouldn’t be good. A leak of a matric examination paper makes a mockery of this all-important examination within the college system. 

Apart from the remoted incident in 2016 and the large group copying scandal in 2014 that concerned 58 colleges within the Japanese Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the nationwide senior certificates (NSC) exams have been with out scandal. 

To have had this leak on Monday is messing with the work that has been achieved by the essential training division and high quality assurer Umalusi in ensuring that the matric exams are of impeccable normal. 

The matric class of 2020 is below extra stress than common as a result of they ready for and are writing their exams below the Covid-19 pandemic laws. This leak is the final distraction they want. Relying on what investigations by the division and legislation enforcement businesses uncover, there’s a risk that learners within the provinces the place the paper was seen earlier than the examination may need to rewrite maths two. That is most likely making the learners extra anxious whereas they nonetheless need to give attention to writing different topics. 

All of this due to the stupidity of an grownup who was entrusted with the safety of the paper however thought it a genius concept to leak it. It will be naive to assume that each one learners who had been uncovered to this leaked paper had been going to look away and never benefit from the chance. 

Kudos to those that didn’t and who additionally alerted the division to the leak. 

However the leak additionally speaks to basic issues on this nation the place many individuals — particularly those that have massive obligations in society — lack integrity and honesty. Nobody who respects the rule of legislation and appreciates the seriousness of the matric exams would leak an examination paper. However once you entrust rogue components with severe obligations that is what you get. 

Of their assertion the Nationwide Skilled Lecturers’ Organisation of South Africa, put it aptly after they stated: “For the credibility and integrity of the NSC examinations it’s important that everybody concerned on this breach be uncovered and handled swiftly and harshly.” 

Matric exams will not be simple and include a whole lot of anxieties, so matriculants are more likely to soar at a possibility to make even one topic simpler. However these learners additionally signal a pledge that they’ll conduct themselves actually. So the division, because it has been with earlier leaks, should additionally deal harshly with these learners discovered to have acted dishonestly. 

A learner who’s discovered dishonest in a matric examination faces a three-year ban from rewriting. These caught with a leaked paper face arrest and can begin life after college with a legal file. Dishonest in any manner shouldn’t be price it. Dishonesty in only one topic might decide the route the learner’s life is more likely to take. 

The division has tightened its controls to forestall leaks. Investigations into this newest incident want to search out any gaps that would have allowed this leak.