Matric certificate error holding back young woman

2014-09-16 00:00

SIX years and counting.

Sindisiwe Mchunu (25) cannot move on with her life because of a mistake on her matric certificate.

Mchunu, from Greytown, matriculated from Buhlebuyeza Secondary School in 2008.

However, when her matric certificate arrived it wrongly reflected her date of birth.

She wanted a career working as nurse. Instead, she is presently working at a liquor store as a cashier, whilst her employer is kindly trying to help her to have the mistake on her certificate rectified.

Mchunu said she was born on March 9, 1989 (89/03/09), but her matric certificate reflects her date of birth as September 3, 1989 (89/09/03)

She said when she applies to study at various institutions, or looks for jobs, she is told the certificate does not corresponding with her identity document.

“When I noticed the error I went to the principal at school. He told me to go to exam offices in Pietermaritzburg,” said Mchunu.

“When I got there they told me they cannot assist me because it has been a long time and you must re-write or upgrade.”

She said she has wasted a lot of money travelling to the Department of Education offices in Pretoria and Dundee to have the error rectified.

“I don’t know where to now. I cannot further my studies. I cannot apply for jobs. My life is stuck.”

In Greytown’s education offices, she was told to deposit money with Absa Bank so the error could be rectified. She deposited over a R100 and handed the slip to the department. However, she was later informed again that she could not be helped because it had been too long since she wrote matric.

Mchunu said the department is holding her future to ransom.

When approached for comment, KZN Education Department spokesperson ­Sihle Mlotshwa asked for Mchunu’s identity number.

“If she has passed Grade 12, she can’t be asked to rewrite. Our examinations section officials have asked for her details so that they look into the matter,” he said.


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