The Namibian (Windhoek)

28 October 2005

Namibia: Unam, Unisa Remain Mum On Theft of Exam Papers

Windhoek — THE University of Namibia says an internal investigation into the theft of University of South Africa exam papers has not yielded enough evidence to suspend employees.

Unam spokesperson Edwin Tjiramba said the investigation failed to establish whether the papers were stolen from the Unam campus or before the Unisa parcels had reached the campus.

He said all hopes were now on a criminal investigation by the Police.

"Unfortunately I am not in a position to comment on how far the Police are with their investigation," Tjiramba said.

Doreen Gough, acting Director of Communication at Unisa, refused to comment on her university's own investigation and how much the theft of the papers had cost it.

Earlier, Gough said they could not divulge details on what happened because it would "hamper or harm the investigation".

About 13 500 students worldwide were affected by the theft of exam papers and Unisa was forced to substitute the affected examination papers and reschedule three examinations.

Offices at Unam's department of external studies were broken into two weeks ago.

The culprits were alleged to include five South African students who travelled to Windhoek to steal the papers.

At least five exam papers were stolen, copied and returned to the Unam offices.

These included papers on Applied Financial Accounting, Applied Management Accounting, Theory of Accounting, one law paper and one on credit finance management.

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