07 November 2018 Read: 104
The Department of Basic Education has allayed fears that the Grade 12 Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy papers which were written on Monday, were leaked. The Department described the letter being circulated containing these claims, as having the potential to confuse and cause anxiety among matriculants. Parents and teachers were advised to ignore the fake letter and urged to demonstrate commitments and good conduct as the examinations continue.
Spokesperson for the Department, Elijah Mhlanga, further denied claims by the fake letter titled “Notice of Illegal Distribution of Matric Final Examinations” that examinations at two schools were halted after the report.
“We call upon our pupils and teachers alike to continue to demonstrate commitment and good conduct as the examinations continue. We advise them to ignore the fake letter and stay focused on the job at hand. While the so-called circular has our logo, it has no address, contact details or the name of the author and it is clearly designed to cause confusion among the learners. The Department therefore distances itself from the letter.”
Mhlanga further said there will be no supplementary exams early next year for those who might not have performed well in some learning areas. He said there will be full examinations held next year between May and June. Examinations for this year started in earnest last week with the writing of languages by 796 542 pupils which was preceded a week earlier by practical examinations in Computer Technology by 37 340 students.
— Jan Mafetsa