Bursaries delayed after Mpumalanga matric drama

2010-01-06 14:38

The awarding of bursaries to Mpumalanga matriculants by the

provincial Health and Social Development department will be delayed.

This was due to the decision to release matric results in January,

instead of December as was the norm in previous years, department spokesperson

Mpho Gabashane said today.

The delay in awarding bursaries had nothing to do with the release

of matric exam results being postponed.

Matric results in the province may not be released along with the

rest of the country’s on Thursday, due to irregularities announced by quality

assurance body Umalusi this week. The decision was made after five matric papers

– Mathematics papers I and II, Physical Science papers I and II and Accounting –

were leaked in the province.

The department awarded bursaries on an annual basis to matriculants

to study in the medical, health, community development and social work fields.

Students were selected early in January to allow for university registration.

However, due to the matric results now being released in January, the selection

process would run late this year.

The department appealed to those matriculants who applied for

bursaries to contact it once they had received their results in order to process

the applications.

Successful applicants would be notified by January 22.

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