Exam results: Dept under fire

2012-03-26 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department could face legal action after it failed to produce complete Grade 12 results for a Richmond school, three months after the official results were made public.

Members of the school governing body and representatives of the affected learners at Huba High School in Richmond held a meeting last week demanding the release of the complete results.

At least 17 pupils are yet to receive their marks.

Some of the affected pupils told The Witness that the department had initially withheld mathematics results after claims of cheating.

Sibusiso Ndlela said: “The department withheld both maths and science results. When the officials came to investigate the allegation with the maths subject, we told them that we had also not received our science marks and they said they were not aware that those marks had been withheld.”

The mathematics result have since been released, but the science results are still being withheld with no explanation. In a letter signed by three pupils delivered to the department’s offices, they implied that corrupt activities were taking place, which they believe led to the delay of their results.

Richard Nhlangulela, the chairperson of the school governing body, said Education MEC Senzo Mchunu had been issued with an ultimatum.

“To date we have yet to receive any adequate explanation on why the students’ results have been withheld. We have given the department seven days to resolve this matter, failing which the parents of the pupils will decide which legal recourse they are going to take if the department fails.”

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa confirmed the meeting had taken place and said the matter was refered to the exam section where it was being dealt with.

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