Students say department lost exams

2010-02-17 00:00

A GROUP of students at the Umgungundlovu Further Education and Training College Northdale campus refused to write a life orientation paper (LO) yesterday after they said they were told about the test only an hour before they were supposed to write.

According to the disgruntled students, scripts from last year’s LO final examination were lost by the Education Department, which is why they had to rewrite the paper.

“When we got our results at the beginning of the year, we were told that the LO marks were pending, but we would get them when the campus opened. We started classes on January 25, but have still not received those marks. Now all of a sudden we are expected to write last year’s exams without being given the opportunity to study,” said one student.

They claim most students did not want to write, but were frightened into it after being told that those who didn’t write would be failed.

FET spokeswoman Lynn Horan said the paper was the computer component of life orientation level 2.

She said the Northdale campus results have not been released by the national Education Department, although the college has tried to resolve the issue with it for the past month.

According to Horan, supplementary exams are written in February. When exam permits arrived on Monday, students whose final results were still withheld were automatically registered to rewrite by the department.

“The department assured the college that all results would be available by January 31. Students were advised by the campus yesterday that they should rewrite as we still have no word on their final result. Unfortunately some learners were not at the college yesterday,”said Horan.

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