Probe into delayed matric results

2009-01-21 00:00

Cape Town — An external investigation has been set up to establish the causes of the delays in the release of matriculation results, the department of Education said yesterday.

Penny Vinjevold, deputy director-general in the department told Parliament’s select committee on Education and Recreation that the results of the probe will be available at the end of January.

Presenting the department’s Annual Technical Report to Parliament, Vinjevold said Mpumalanga is now the only province which is missing matric results.

The department briefed the committee on reasons for the delays and outlined plans to improve this year’s results.

Vinjevold said the department will present the results of the investigation to Parliament once it is over.

One issue which could have affected the release of results was the fact that examinations started in November last year and not, as was normal practise previously, in October.

This was done to enable additional teaching for learners, she said.

The department said this week that the results of Mpumalanga matriculants will be finalised by January 26 and that 9 000 results were still outstanding.

Vinjevold said another panel, to be appointed this week, is to look at questions which arose last year relating to the quality and credibility of the matric mathematics papers, which, experts said, were excessively high.

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