The University of South Africa (Unisa) confirmed on Thursday that a few of its examination question papers have been leaked.
“The matter has been reported to the police’s commercial crimes investigation unit, which will be embarking on an intensive investigation to establish where and how the examination question papers have been leaked,” said the institution in a statement.
According to Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela eight exam papers, out of a total number of 2600, have been affected, however, he couldn’t confirm the exact modules.
“Eight modules in the College of Human Sciences, College of Economic and Management Sciences and the College of Accounting Sciences have been leaked.
The Commercial Crimes Investigation Unit and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are set to carry out an intensive investigation on where and how the examination question papers were leaked.
“The university will also initiate a forensic audit of our processes in order to ensure that these are secure. Students are warned not to participate in such fraudulent activities as any students who are identified as having participated may be referred to the Student Disciplinary Unit for investigation and disciplinary measures. Should a student be found guilty of contravening the Student Disciplinary Code their module/s will be cancelled and marks will be withdrawn.”
Ramotshela added that the May/June 2019 examination period will continue as planned
“Exams will continue as planned. However, in the process of marking, should the investigation find that a student may have had access to the exam papers prior, modules will be cancelled and marks will be taken away and the students will face a disciplinary hearing.
“We want to emphasise as a university that even if it was one exam paper, it is one too many. And we would still be treating it with the same seriousness.”