Certificate delays irk graduates

2012-08-07 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU FET College student Carol Coleman’s wait for her certificate has taken longer than her N6 studies.

She completed her N6 studies in public management in June last year and has still not received her certificate.

She is not alone — many other students are also waiting for proof of their qualifications.

It usually takes a month or two for students’ certificates to be ready.

“I’ve been overlooked for jobs because I do not have proof of the qualification,” Coleman said.

Thobile Dubazane shares her frustration. She is a public management graduate and is waiting for two of her qualifications, N5 and N6.

“I’m being sent from pillar to post when I inquire about my certificates. The people that knew that I was at school now doubt me because I have no certificates to prove it,” she said. Her last exam was in November 2011.

A student from the Plessislaer Campus, Nathi Ngcobo, is in the same boat.

Eight months later, there has been no certificate for his boilermaking course.

“Companies always ask for proof of qualification when you apply for a job and unfortunately I don’t have it,” he said.

Lynn Horan, of uMgungundlovu FET college, said the issue of outstanding certificates was not unique to the college but was widespread.

“The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for issuing all national certificates and diplomas,” she said.

Department spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga said they were aware of the delays. She said 40 770 certificates, N1 to N6, were dispatched to colleges throughout the country on July 24.

“National Diploma certificates will be dispatched by August 10 … We acknowledge the inconvenience it has caused the students,” Qinga said.

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