Wrong matric certificate holds future at bay

2011-05-13 00:00

A CAREER working on cars is all Preshen Naidoo (22), has ever wanted. Instead, he is presently stuck working a casual job he says doesn’t even make ends meet because of the negligence of the KZN Department of Education which has failed to rectify a mistake in his matric certificate for the past four years.

“They are supposed to be the upholders of education, but they are the ones who are denying me the right to education,” an angry Naidoo told The Witness yesterday.

Naidoo matriculated from Raisethorpe Secondary in 2007. However, his certificate arrived the next year with the wrong identity number. Also, not all of his marks for the seven subjects he did, are reflected on the certificate. “I first went to the exams department in 2008 and was told that I needed to bring in a copy of the certificate, certified at the courts, which I did. I was told that I would have the revised certificate in three months. That obviously has not happened. Instead, they keep making me fill in the same form over and over. I think I have done that about 10 times now.”

What frustrates Naidoo most is that he can’t pursue his dreams of being a diesel and motor mechanic. He has also lost out on about four lucrative jobs which would have helped him advance in life. He claims the department did not even have the decency to send a letter confirming that he has his matric and that the matter was being attended to, which is all his latest potential employer required for him to get the job.

“They are actually holding my future at ransom. I cannot study and I’m being turned down for all the job applications I have applied for which means that I will be stuck doing casual jobs all my life,” said Naidoo.

“Wherever I apply, it’s as if I’m lying. My friends are nearly done with their studies. I have wasted four years. I’m coming to the papers as my last resort because I don’t want to spend the next five years chasing after this thing,” added Naidoo.

When contacted by The Witness, department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa asked that Naidoo submit a copy of his ID and his matric certificate to the uMgungundlovu district offices.

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