KZN to investigate alleged exam paper leakage

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Senzo Mchunu, says his department will investigate allegations that one of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination question papers has been leaked.

"No stone will be left unturned in this province when it comes to the leaking of papers. All those involved will face the consequences of their behavior," said the MEC on Thursday.

This follows reports on Wednesday that question papers had been leaked in Durban and Newcastle.

Mchunu said they had not received all the details of the allegation and that they did not yet know which subject might have been leaked.

"At present there is nothing at hand, only allegations," said Mchunu, adding that he had only heard of confirmed leaks in other provinces.

Mchunu said once they received more information from the police they would see what they could do about the situation and how it can be prevented in the future.

The department said it had set up a Security Advisory Directorate which had put in place an elaborate security plan to secure the entire examination process. A total of 124 question papers have been printed and were packed according to the time table.

The first delivery of question papers occurred on Wednesday.

"Nevertheless, we as the Provincial Department of Education will get to bottom of this and we proudly believe that we have put all the necessary measures on our side to prevent linkages of question papers," said the MEC.