Longer matric wait for some

2008-12-29 00:00

Some wept and others jumped for joy. And while many KZN matriculants received their results yesterday, others were kept in the dark because of confusion about the release date.

Some schools in and around Pietermaritzburg did not hand out matric results yesterday — and others called pupils back after turning them away because of the uncertainty created when the national Education Department asked at the last minute that the release be delayed until today.

In the rest of the country, all pupils had to wait.

At Northbury Park Secondary, some pupils said they wanted to “kill the principal” when they were also turned away by a security guard yesterday morning.

“The security [guard] even told the teachers to leave,” said one pupil who asked not to be named.

“Most of our friends from other schools in the area already have their results … We’re really pissed off,” he said.

When asked about why his school was not handing out results, the principal, Paul Moodley, said that according to the department, the results would be available only today.

“We are waiting for their call to collect the results as they instructed us,” he said earlier.

But when The Witness visited the school later, Moodley was handing out results to his pupils.

“After your call, I went to the department’s offices to see if they were available and they were,” he said.

Two other Pietermaritzburg schools, Carter High and Maritzburg College, also handed out results later yesterday, after turning pupils away earlier.

“I heard on the news that they’d be available tomorrow [today] between 8 am and 9 am,” said Carter High deputy principal Richard Gordon.

Gordon said pupils were alerted immediately by sms when he found out that results were to be available yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the KZN Education Department said, however, there should not have been any confusion about the results. It had been made clear in a meeting held on Sunday, she added, that although the results would be released to the media only today, they were to be made available for pupils at schools yesterday unless there were irregularities or corrections that needed to be made.

“All principals were informed about this. The head of department even went on radio reiterating this,” she said.

“That is not to say that all results would be available. Sometimes some schools report corrections, irregularities or technicalities that need to be fixed. Depending on the nature of the irregularity, some schools might receive their results later or particular pupils may receive their results a bit later. I can’t speak for each individual case,” she added.

Several schools in Pietermaritzburg, including Sukuma Comprehensive and Nyonithwele Secondary, did not hand out results to pupils at all.

A Sukuma Comprehensive pupil, Nontobeko Ngobese, told The Witness that she and her fellow pupils were very unhappy and disappointed about being turned away. “Our friends from other schools have their results and now we must wait … It’s not fair.”

In Durban, several pupils were kept waiting for hours.

Some pupils who arrived at their schools were told to go home as the results were not available.

Khem Govender of Kharwastan Secondary School in Chatsworth said he waited three hours for his results.

“I got to school in the morning for my results, but was told that they would only be in at 11 am. Everyone was very anxious by that stage but waited,” he said.

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