Exam papers leaked

Affected subjects to be rewritten next year
Otis Daniels_Finck
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) is disappointed about the leakage of some examination question papers for the October/November 2021 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSCO - legacy) grade 12 and Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSCO New) Grade 11.

The ministry said that three criminal cases have been opened with the Namibian Police, in the localities where these cases occurred namely two cases in Ongwediva and one case in Ondangwa.

According to the ministry, police investigations revealed that more examination papers comprising different subjects of the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSC - Legacy) Ordinary Level Grade 12, as well as the Revised Curriculum Ordinary Level Grade 11 could also be affected.

The ministry said in a media release, that ten suspects have been apprehended so far, of which eight have been released on bail and two, who are foreign nationals, are still in police custody.

“Due to the ongoing police investigations, the ministry is unable to divulge more information as it might jeopardise investigations. The trail of the investigations so far has led the MoEAC to understand that the source of the leakage could have been through the examination papers which were intended for the visually impaired candidates.”

The ministry informed learners, parents, guardians and the public that this incident is serious and highly regrettable, and that it is thus receiving the attention it deserves.

“To protect the integrity of our qualifications, unfortunately these examinations will have to be rewritten in January and February 2022. Therefore, all affected subjects of which the exams are yet to be written, are forthwith cancelled. The exact dates will be communicated once determined.”

The affected subjects include but are not limited to English, Afrikaans, History, Agriculture, Development Studies, Biology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Chemistry, Entrepreneurship, Business Studies, Oshikwanyama and Oshidonga.

In light of this situation, the ministry also decided on the early closure of schools to assist regions in preparing for the continuation of the national examination in the 2022 school year for the above-mentioned subjects.

The revised school closing dates are only applicable to schools and or grades where test series and national examinations have been completed. The pre-primary to grade 3 learners as well as resource schools last school day is 3 December. Grade 4 to 10 learner’s last school day will be 9 December. Due to the above, there may be a delay in the release of grades 11 and 12 examination results. This will have a ripple effect on the resumption of classes for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level learners and grade 11 learners, for 2022 (current grade 10 learners).

The ministry appealed to teachers, parents, guardians and the public at large to report any incidents of suspected wrongdoings. The ministry also gave the assurance that all administrative processes are in motion to investigate the incident and to ensure the further tightening of existing control measures.