Schools cautioned against withholding matric certificates

2018-01-24 06:00
                                      PHOTO: TANIA SANDBERGCourt admin clerk, Dolly Mzulwini.

PHOTO: TANIA SANDBERGCourt admin clerk, Dolly Mzulwini.

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IN the wake of matric results being released, law experts warn it is illegal for schools to withhold matric certificates because of outstanding fees or books.

In a recent incident, a rural school withheld a matric certificate, claiming the pupil has not returned all her textbooks. The pupil’s mother reportedly offered to compensate the school for the book, but the school refused the offer­. Court admin clerk Dolly Mzulwini heard about the incident and offered to assist the mother.

“I phoned the Department of Education and a Mrs Thandi assisted me very well. “She phoned the principal of the school, who then released the certificate,” Mzulwini says.

Mzulwini’s superiors say she is helpful and always willing to “go the extra mile”.

“In this world, you have to give people joy, especially when you work with the public,” Mzulwini said.

“I do not like to see people looking miserable. I love to put a smile on people’s faces and I want everybody to be happy,” she said, adding she missed her true profession as she always wanted to be a social worker, but lacked funding to study further.

As a result of her intervention, at least one matric pupil will now be able to pursue her dreams of applying for studies at a tertiary institution.


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