Daily Archives: November 6, 2016

Task team to probe maths paper leak

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has established a Ministerial Investigation Team that will investigate the recent leak of Mathematics Paper 2 paper..

This Ministerial Investigation Team will work closely with the provincial colleagues and I have been assured by MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe, that his department will support this investigation and will take all possible measures to secure the rest of the examination, Minister Motshekga said on Friday.

The Mathematics Paper 2, which was written as part of the National Senior Certificate examination, was leaked and discovered at the Giyani High school, in the Mopani district of Limpopo.

The Ministerial Investigation Team is expected to report to the Minister in the next six weeks.

They will work closely with the Hawks and will engage the services of a private investigation company, if the case so warrants.

We are becoming acutely aware of the role of modern technology in the examination process and as a system we may not have adequately addressed the security risks associated with these communication innovations.

We will obtain the expert advice of our Information Technology Specialists in addressing this matter. This may entail a review of our legislative framework and certain examination practices, Minister Motshekga said.

Preliminary findings of the investigation show that a copy of the question paper, which was not in exactly the same format as the final examination paper was received by one candidate who is a learner at the Giyani High School.

The learner has come forward and made this confession voluntarily and he has made a full disclosure.

Other learners from the school have also come forward and admitted to having received the question paper from a Whatsapp chat group, on their cell phones

Minister Motshekga said the question paper did not have the features of the final examination paper but the contents and sequence of the questions was exactly the same as the final question paper.

At this stage it would appear that the leakage could be limited to selected learners in the one school and a few learners from the neighbouring schools, she said.

Minister Motshekga has encouraged all matriculants who are writing exams to not be distracted by this recent event and to continue to focus on their studies.

Learners that deviously obtain an unfair advantage over others will be identified through our special measures that we adopt during the marking process and using post examination analytical measures, Minister Motshekga said.

Any irregular activities can be reported to the department’s call centre number, 0800 202 933. All information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Source: South African Government News Agency

South Africa: Rabada’s Strikes Take South Africa Closer to Win

Australia were tottering on 169 for 4 at the end of the fourth day of the first Test match against South Africa in Perth on Sunday. Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada struck three crucial blows in Australia’s second innings after South Africa set an imposing target of 539 runs.

Resuming on their overnight score of 397 for 6 in the second innings, South Africa motored along thanks to fifties by Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander. Keshav Maharaj joined in the action with a brisk 41.

The visitors declared their innings on 540 runs, setting Australia a near impossible target of 539 runs.

Australia started their second innings with opening batsman David Warner attacking right from the word go. The pair of Warner and Shaun Marsh put up 52 runs for the first wicket before a brilliant piece of fielding resulted in Warner’s dismissal.

The left handed opening batsman set off for a quick single. But Temba Bavuma moved in quickly from cover and threw accurately while still horizontal and in mid-air to knock down the stumps at the non-striker’s end that saw Warner short of the crease by a few centimeters.

Marsh was dismissed soon as Rabada induced an edge from Marsh’s willow into the hands of the second slip.

Australian captain Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja put up some resistance with a 92-run third-wicket stand. Their partnership was broken by Rabada who had Smith caught behind the wicket. The South African paceman removed Adam Voges in the successive over.

Khwaja was the only batsman who stood firm against the brilliance of Rabada scoring an unbeaten half century.

Australia still need to score 370 runs on the fifth and final day with six wickets standing.

Source: Radio France Internationale