Education to probe letters blunder

2013-11-14 00:00

THE National Professional Teachers’ of South Africa (Naptosa) has called for action to be taken against the person responsible for the system error that resulted in the printing of incorrect appointment letters for this year’s hundreds of matric exam markers.

Close to 10 000 appointment letters for matric markers issued by the KZN Education Department were incorrect and they had to withdraw all of them.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they have already re-issue the new letters to principals at nodal points and not via the post. He promised that all teachers who were qualified for marking will have their letters by tomorrow.

However, there are seemingly still errors in some of these new letters.

KZN Naptosa CEO Anthony Pierce said the department’s error has left many markers in a “quandary” and the issue warrants some disciplinary action being taken against anyone found to have caused the error.

Pierce said the whole debacle has created frustration amongst teachers, some of whom had already made accommodation arrangements and paid deposits.

An English home language teacher from a school on the South Coast told The Witness his principal picked up the letters yesterday morning, but could not hand them out to his staff because there were still mistakes in them.

“In other schools a teacher who had died and another one who retired and emigrated to another country two years ago also received letters of appointment,” said the teacher.

In a memorandum issued to unions, assessment, examination and quality assurance general manager Dr Barney Mthembu apologised for any inconvenience “that may result as we correct this system error”.

The national Department of Basic Education said the error was “unfortunate” and that they were committed to ensure that the marking of the 2013 NSC examination is credible, fair and reliable.

The department urged parents and pupils not to worry about marking as the errors would have already rectified by December 4, when marking commences.

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