It is now over six months after a second exam question paper scandal in just as many years stunned Unisa and there is little hope that the investigation will be concluded soon. Although Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela confirms that the investigation is still ongoing, he is scant about how long it will take.
The affected exam sessions for four modules were postponed by Unisa following damaging evidence of the theft and sale of question papers which threatened to disrupt the entire exam period in May and June of this year. Unisa was quick to respond by postponing the exams for the affected modules and appointing what it called a high-level Unisa management task team whose stated task was tightening the controls of examination management.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mandla Makhanya delivered an impassioned plea on a video posted to the Unisa website on the 17th of May calling for those with information that could help the police to come forward. He also apologised to all the affected students on the video clip and ended it with a forceful warning directed at those involved in exam fraud. Prof. Makhanya notably referred to an earlier case of examination fraud by saying: “We have had some, albeit relatively slow success with the police regarding the two matters of examination fraud that arose in November 2012.” on the same video recording.
Although five suspects were eventually arrested and nine students dismissed and banned for life from studying at Unisa after the November 2012 controversy it seems that the police are even slower with their investigation into the May/June 2013 incidents of examination fraud. Ramotshela told StudyNotesWiki that Unisa had all their invigilators reapply for their jobs and that they were subjected to stringent checks. It does appear, however, that much more needs to be done especially by the police in order to protect the integrity of Unisa qualifications.