The Department of Basic Education’s fears that the Life Science matric paper leak from a week and a half ago is more widespread than originally thought, have been confirmed.

According to a report by City Press, the Life Sciences paper two exam was passed on by two learners from Limpopo, to eleven other schools in the province as well four learners in Nigel, Gauteng. One of the two was caught with a copy of the paper on their tablet; they reportedly passed it on to two others in Mpumalanga.

The names of the learners and their schools are known to City Press thanks to a letter sent to senior Gauteng officials on Saturday, but they cannot be divulged as yet.

It has been confirmed that Life Science paper one was also leaked at a school in the Vhembe region in Venda, where the original leak had occurred.

The Department of Basic Education had originally announced that it would conduct its investigation on the paper two leak , but has now added that it’s also probing paper one and whether or not other subject papers may have been leaked across the country.

The department’s minister, Angie Motshekga, had said the pupils who had leaked the paper would be allowed to continue writing their exams, but would do so in a room separate from other learners, under close observation. The other schools where the electronic copy was received will also be closely monitored as learners carry on writing their exams.

Officials found to have been part of the leak may face criminal charges.

Exams management director, Prince Masilo said Hawks detectives are working on the investigation and the case will be handled by the Pretoria-based Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

The DA has repeatedly said that issues with paper leaks could have been avoided if minister Motshekga had heeded calls by education quality assurance body, Umalusi, over the security at venues where papers were stored before being distributed to schools.

The party wrote on its website today that the minister needs to account to parliament on the saga as a matter of urgency.

“This is not acceptable. It is her duty to account to Parliament for her failure to avert the examinations crisis that is now spreading beyond Limpopo,” said Gavin Davis, DA shadow minister of basic education.

“We call on Minister Motshekga to brief the nation on her plans to safeguard the integrity of the matric exams,” Davis concluded.

[Source – City Press, image – Department of Basic Education]