Matric results shambles

2008-12-28 00:00

Confusion reigned yesterday over the release date for this year’s matric results.

It was initially reported that the results would be released by schools to matriculants today and then published in newspapers only on Wednesday.

However The Witness learnt late yesterday that some schools will only be releasing the results to pupils tomorrow, because of mixed messages from the Education Department.

National spokesman for the department, Lunga Ngqengelele, told The Witness yesterday that the department is not prohibiting schools from releasing the results today but is “encouraging” pupils to fetch their results at schools only tomorrow and not today as initially announced.

“The schools will have the results by [today]. However, we are encouraging the pupils to only fetch these [tomorrow] as we want to give teachers an opportunity to view and check the results before releasing them to the children,” he said.

However, the spokesman for the provincial department, Ntokozo Maphisa, sang a different tune when asked to clarify the department’s position on the release date.

“Nothing has changed as far as we know. The results will be released at schools [today]. That was the directive we as the province got from the national department and it is what we communicated to our districts, who then communicated it to schools so nothing has changed as far as we know,” he said.

Maphisa earlier told The Witness that principals of schools had first glance of the results yesterday in order for them to check and query any results that they might be unhappy about.

The Witness understands that some schools had already received their results yesterday and were already planning to release them today.

However, at least one Pietermaritzburg school told teachers by SMS yesterday that the release would only take place tomorrow.

MEC Ina Cronjé, said Maphisa, “will be releasing the results publicly on the 30th [tomorrow] and will talk about the success rate as well as address issues as we move forward”. — Witness Reporters.

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