Gauteng matrics assured they will get their results

2009-12-29 12:20


THE Gauteng department of education today assured matriculants they

would receive their results on January 7, as scheduled.

The department’s assurance follows a report by The Star newspaper

that teachers were threatening to boycott the matric results verification


The paper reported that teachers were threatening a boycott because

they had been short-changed in their overtime pay and their occupation specific

dispensation pay and had also not being reimbursed money that was deducted for

the 2007 teachers’ strike.

However, the education department said teachers played no part in

the verification process.

“Before the results are released school principals are given a list

of all the learners whose results have been captured to verify that none of

their learners are missing from that list,” the department said in a


“This is a quality assurance process and no teachers are involved

in this verification. Results will still be released even if this verification

process is not done. The claim that learners might not get results without this

verification is therefore untrue.”

The Star quoted one teacher as saying the results needed to be

verified by school principals and the exam staff had “resolved not to honour

that function”.

General secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union

(Sadtu) Mugwena Maluleke said as far as he was aware teachers were not involved

in the process.

He added that the union did not support a boycott as it was aware

of the “technical issues” the department had encountered in implementing the OSD

payments and was working with the department to correct them.

“I have not heard that teachers are part of the results

verification process. I am hearing it for the first time,” he said.

“Sadtu does not support a boycott... there is no dispute so far so

we cannot support any action,” he said.

The department said it was aware that some teachers might not have

received their full OSD payments and urged them to notify the human resources

department of this so that the discrepancies could be corrected.

It said that a full audit and verification process was planned for

early in the new year to correct the problem.

“Educators do not qualify for overtime pay. If there are district

staff who may not have been paid overtime they are similarly requested to come

forward so that we can deal with their matter on a case by case basis,” it


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