Matriculants cry foul

2015-10-15 06:00

Adult education matriculants feel cheated after their results for the midyear exam came out low and now want answers from the education department.  

Mandla Mahashe

Adult education matriculants feel cheated after their results for the midyear exam came out low and now want answers from the education department. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Adult education matriculants have been left fuming after receiving what they view as incorrect results.

They have marched to the provincial education department twice since September and have even vowed to continue.

The learners are part of the Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) studying at Sthembele Matiso High School in New Crossroads and St Francis Centre in Langa.

They claim that the low marks they received were not a true reflection of their June exams results and accused the department of education for the fumble.

Nosicelo Dyani, 38, said that the results were wholly inaccurate and that there was a bungle in the marking of their scripts.

“What irks us the most is that when we wrote the exams we were very confident of doing good as we found the exams quite easy. We were shocked to find that many students obtained an average 30% marks,” said Dyani.

What really gets their spleen, they say, is that when queried their results at the department of education they were “rechecked”.

“Instead of showing us our scripts as well as the answers they just rechecked our scripts and told us there is nothing that can be changed. All that we are asking for is transparency. We want to see the answers so that we can know that we really failed miserably,” she said.

She said that the reason that they don’t trust the results is that the department has not been ‘forthcoming with the truth’ and the results kept changing.

Ntombizanele Skeyi is another livid student who said that she can’t trust the department after she received two different results for the same subject.

“When I went to ask for my English results they told me that I had earned 36% marks but when I received a print out it was 37%. I am not the only one who has this same problem,” said Skeyi.

Dyani said that the learners feel like they were not taken seriously by the education department.

The matriculants marched to the department on 23 September and again on 2 October.

Department spokesperson Paddy Attwell said that officials have tried to assist the learners but their conduct made it impossible to deal with the matter.

“The department checked a sample of 34 candidates who participated in the first protest and found that markers had marked their papers correctly, totalled the marks correctly, and that all processes were correctly concluded.

The department invited each candidate back to the department to discuss their individual results. Some of the candidates and others opted to stage a demonstration instead,” he said.

He accused the learners of refusing to get remarked. “Our officials have gone out of their way to investigate complaints and to help these candidates, and will continue to do so, in line with procedure.

Unfortunately, the nature of the demonstrations made it impossible to provide the individual attention needed on the day,” he said.

He said that the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria is responsible for setting and managing the exams, and for issuing statements of results

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