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Basic Education Department cautions against fake letter circulating regarding “illegitimate” Matric examinations question paper, 29 October 2018

The Department of Basic Education has distanced itself from a letter making reference to a Mathematics question paper.


In the fake letter with the heading: “NOTICE OF ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF MATRIC FINAL EXAMINATIONS” the writer states that a mathematics question has leaked. This information is false. While the so-called circular has our logo, it has no address, contact details or the name of the author. It is clearly designed to cause confusion.


We view this misleading communication in a very serious light, as it has the real potential of causing confusion and anxiety among our Grade 12 learners presently writing their examinations.


We urge parents, teachers, learners, and department officials to ignore the fake letter and stay focused on the job at hand.


Here are the facts:

1. The examinations are proceeding well across the country.

2. No question paper has leaked.

3. No circular has been issued regarding any re-writing of any papers.

4. There are no supplementary examinations in 2019; however, there is a full exam in May and in June 2019.


With that said, we call upon our learners and teachers alike to continue to demonstrate commitment and good conduct as the examinations continue.


Candidates will this morning, Monday 29 October, write Mathematics Paper 2, Mathematical Literacy P2 as well as Technical Mathematics P2 in the morning session starting at 9am; whilst some candidates write Visual Arts at 2pm.


We thank everybody for their contribution to the smooth first effective week of examinations.


The Department of Basic Education together with all 9 provinces are monitoring the examinations on a constant basis to ensure that all goes well.


Media Enquiries:   Elijah Mhlanga - 083 580 8275                          




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Date Posted: 10/29/2018
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