Late matric results: Dept might have to pay up

2009-02-26 00:00

THE national Education Department might be ordered to pay for the late release of last year’s matric results, if AfriForum Youth and the Human Rights Commission (HRC)’s decision to take up the matter on behalf of the 2008 matriculants is anything to go by.

HRC agreed to undertake the plight of these matriculants directly with the department as a result of discussion held between them and AfriForum during meetings last Wednesday.

The national chairman of AfriForum Youth, Ernst Roets, said the organisation was getting legal advice in order that the matriculants can be informed about their rights and possible steps which can be taken.

He said they handed over information gathered over the course of two months to the HRC but said they will continue on their campaign to assist these matriculants.

“We have compiled a list of civil servants who contributed to the violation of the matriculants’ rights and we will demand from the department to take disciplinary steps against these people,” said Roets.

According to media reports early this week, Education minister Naledi Pandor, singled out incompetence by education officials as one of the main reasons for the delays in a meeting with the committee of heads of education on Monday.

She was announcing the findings of a task team assigned to probe the reason for the late release of results.

About 56 000 matriculants reportedly did not receive their results across the country when the results were officially released late December, with over 17 000 affected in the province, according to unions.

Irregularities and cheating were put forward as the main reasons for the delay at the time.

However, the national department of education has said that a variety of factors contributed to the delays, including incompetence or neglect of duty in some cases.

The task team’s report is expected to be tabled in paliament soon.

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