“No paper can be opened before 8.30am. Unfortunately, a new trend of unauthorised and early access to question papers was detected at specific exam centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.”
He said it was worrying when people entrusted with the responsibility of administering and managing the examinations “are the very ones who compromise the integrity of the examinations under a misguided pretext of wanting to ‘help learners’.’’
“Umalusi will be working hard with the department of basic education to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to stamp out this practice and to bring those responsible to book.”
Granting approval to the department of basic education to release the results, Volmink said apart from some exam irregularities identified during the writing and marking of the exams, there were no systematic or widespread irregularities reported that might have compromised the credibility and integrity of the November 2021 exams.
The unauthorised and early access to question papers was the subject of an ongoing investigation “so we don’t want to give away too much detail and information”.
“Umalusi can still nullify the results of candidates who are found guilty of having benefited from early access to question papers.”
He said that of the 67 subjects presented for standardisation by the department of basic education, pupils’ actual mark or raw mark were accepted in 35 subjects. Marks were adjusted upwards in 28 subjects and downwards in four subjects.