Matric results for Mpumalanga withheld

2010-01-05 11:52

MPUMALANGA’s matric results will not be released with the rest of the country’s day after tomorrow, says Umalusi, the body charged with certifying the results.

Speaking at a press briefing in Pretoria yesterday Umalusi chairperson Professor John Volmink said: “Umalusi regrets the inconvenience and anxiety this might generate on the part of the learners and families but Umalusi is being guided by its statutory mandates of ensuring that the results approved for release are credible.”

The decision to delay the release of results in the province was made because five matric papers – mathematics papers one and two, physical science papers one and two and accounting – were found to have been leaked in the province. However, Volmink said he expected the approval of the results of most exam centres in the province within a few days. While not mentioning a specific date, he said the results would be available “as soon as possible”.

About 60?000 candidates wrote matric exams in Mpumalanga.

Volmink said Umalusi had also received detailed reports from the basic education department and the National Examination Irregularities Committee alleging misconduct in the way the exams had been run in the province.

“These reports, together with other evidence, are being studied to ensure that examination-related processes in Mpumalanga are credible,” he said.

Matric results in North West, Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal will be released day after tomorrow. 

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