Cheating pupils, leaked papers among Gauteng matric exam challenges

“Like other provinces, we were hit by three exam paper leaks but the minister of basic education Angie Motshekga has engaged with the Hawks to track where the leaks were coming from. We urge members of our society to provide information that will assist us to know who is behind the leaks. The credibility of the exams is still intact. We will await the minister to decide whether the papers will be re-written,” he said.

He said the province was deeply saddened by the loss of two pupils in Gauteng east and west districts who committed suicide because of anxiety related to the exams.

“We also had four candidates who tested positive for Covid-19 who were transferred to Nasrec field hospital and allowed to write their examinations under controlled conditions. One learner was unfortunately admitted in hospital. We are feeling the impact of Covid-19 in our education sector and we have since lost 30 educators and seven administration employees due to Covid-19-related illnesses,” Lesufi said.