14 October 2005

Namibia: Unisa Launches Own Exam Probe

Windhoek — TWO officials from the University of South Africa (Unisa) are in Namibia to investigate the theft of exam papers at Unam last weekend.

Their investigation will be in addition to one being conducted by the Namibian Police.

Unisa's acting Director of Communication, Doreen Gough, announced yesterday that five examination papers for the Honours B Compt/CTA have been rescheduled, including Applied Auditing (TOE412-S) written on Monday.

She said all papers originally set for the October exam have been withdrawn.

New papers have been set and will be written on: October 20 - Applied Taxation (TOE409-X), October 24 - Applied Management Accounting (TOE408-W), October 27 - Applied Auditing (TOE412-S), October 31 - Applied Financial Accounting (TOE407-V) and November 3 - Integrated paper (TOECTA-E).

Gough said the affected students were contacted by SMS, email and telephone.

"The University regrets the inconvenience caused and wishes to assure its hardworking students and their families that everything will be done to ensure as little disruption as possible during this difficult examination time," Gough said.

She said the School of Applied Accountancy found the theft of the exam papers reprehensible and assured students with the required level of professional integrity that the institution will protect its high standards.

About 13 500 students worldwide were affected by the theft.

The Namibian revealed on Monday that some offices at Unam's department of external studies were broken into at around 22h00 on Friday, allegedly by students, including five South Africans who are reported to have travelled to Windhoek to steal the papers.

The papers were stolen, copied and returned to the Unam offices.

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