Certificate error: matriculant pushed from pillar to post again

2011-05-16 00:00

DESPITE his story being published in The Witness last week, Preshen Naidoo (22) of Northdalehas still had no joy from the Education Department in fixing the vexing, four year-old problem on his matric certificate.

On Friday The Witness reported that Naidoo matriculated from Raisethorpe Secondary in 2007. However, his certificate arrived the next year with a wrong identity number and no maths marks.

Although he wanted to study and work as a mechanic, Naidoo has been unable to do this, and is working at a shop.

Other employers have been wary of him because of the faulty certificate, he said.

Responding to the query, Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa told The Witness that Naidoo must submit a copy of his identity document and matric certificate at the uMgungundlovu district office.

He was also given phone numbers to call. But Naidoo said he had been given these numbers in the past. He claims to have tried them all of Thursday and Friday, getting no joy.

“These people clearly have no respect for my future. I received a call from a lady [from communication on Thursday] to ask me if I anyone had contacted me and I told her no.

Naidoo said angrily, “When I called … I was still being pushed from one person to the other, which I think is totally unacceptable taking into consideration the fact that they have put my life on hold for so long. I want to know what they are going to do to compensate me for all the years that I could not study or get a job.”

The Witness sent questions on Thursday to the KZN Education Department and the national Basic Education Department about how many matric graduates have this problem. Neither had responded by the time of going to print.

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