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Unisa and SAPS investigate leaked examination question papers

After much talk, Unisa and SAPS are at an advanced stage of their investigation into the leaked examination question papers.

UNISA under administration

UNISA in Tshwane, Gauteng. Image via: Wikipedia.org

The University of South Africa (Unisa), has confirmed that after continuous news reporting and social media commentary, regarding the leaking of some examination question papers, an investigation with the South African Police Service (SAPS), is at an advanced stage.

In a media statement released by Unisa on 19 November 2019, they condemn the leak of the October/November 2019 examination question papers and the acts of criminality which undermine the efforts of students and lecturers. 

“The university wishes to assure all stakeholders that it takes this matter very seriously; and that its investigations into the leakages, conducted jointly with the SAPS, is at an advanced stage and a breakthrough in this regard is imminent,” said Unisa. 

Police behind individual responsible for leaks 

Unisa confirmed that the investigation has identified the individual at the centre of this illegal activity and the police are on his trail. 

Students and other stakeholders are also requested that if they become aware of any individuals involved in the buying and/or selling of leaked examination question papers, they should report this to the police or the Whistle-blowers Hotline at 0860 00 5050, or information@whistleblowing.co.za.

Non-Unisa tutors offering their services  

The university has also taken cognisance of student complaints about telephone calls and sms’s from private tutors offering services such as tutorial classes, examination preparation sessions as well as access to examination scopes. 

“Whilst these tutors are not attached to Unisa in any way, the university has resolved to immediately conduct a forensic audit to determine how such private individuals gain access to information about the university and its students. Decisive action will be taken swiftly to deal with perpetrators as well as put measures in place to prevent a recurrence of this phenomenon,” said Unisa. 

“We also reiterate our previous statements issued in this regard that any staff member, student or external person found to have participated in any illegal conduct will be dealt with harshly,” they added. 

Principal and Vice Chancellor close loopholes 

The Principal and Vice Chancellor has directed that additional security measures are to be put in place immediately and has appointed a high-level team to conduct further investigations and review the current systems and processes. 

“The university has also made progress in its bid to identify and close any loopholes and strengthen control measures with regard to the production and distribution of examination question papers to the various examination centres.

Amongst the measures put in place with immediate effect, and which only relevant university officials are privy to, is the change in the delivery mode and timing of all examination question papers, as well as improved checks and balances relating to the receiving and opening of examination question paper packages at the examination centres,” said Unisa.