Mpumalanga matrics finally get results

2011-01-20 18:34

Mbombela - It's taken a year, but the outstanding certificates for Mpumalanga matriculants who wrote the 2009 supplementary matric exams have finally been released.

Provincial education spokesperson Jasper Zwane told African Eye News Service that the 1 500 certificates were released last week and were available at schools from Monday this week.

“We would like to apologise for the delay in issuing the certificates," he said. "We distributed all 1 500 certificates to the respective schools last week and affected pupils are requested to go to the schools and get their results."

He blamed the delay on pupils who applied to have their supplementary papers remarked.

The matric supplementary exams were written early last year.

Zwane said matrics who attended Further Education and Training (FET) colleges could collect their results from their respective colleges.

Zwane dismissed the Democratic Alliance's threats to take the department to court if the results were delayed any further.

“The DA is exaggerating. We were always in contact with the affected learners and they understood that we were doing everything to get the certificates,” he said.

Legal action

Provincial DA spokesperson Ashleigh Trichardt said the education department was being dishonest as not all outstanding certificates had been released yet.

“If all the outstanding certificates were distributed to schools last week, then why are we still getting complaints this week from more than 80 pupils and six schools?” asked Trichardt.

She said the DA was consulting lawyers about taking legal action against the department on behalf of the pupils who are still waiting for the certificates.

“We already have a mandate from 70 pupils to go ahead and take legal action on their behalf,” she said.

Trichardt said since November 2009, the DA had written numerous letters to MEC Regina Mhaule and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga asking for assistance in obtaining the results of re-written and re-marked papers, as well as matric certificates, but to little or no avail.

“The DA believes that the only way these learners will ever obtain their certificates is to get a court order instructing the departments to issue the outstanding results and certificates,” she said.

She said there were still matrics from the class of 2008 who had not received their results either.

According to Zwane, all outstanding 2008 matric certificates were, however, released last year.

“As far as we are concerned no learners have complained to us that they have not received their 2008 certificates, only the 2009 certificates were outstanding,” he said.

  • Thabani - 2011-01-20 19:09

    Our education system is a shame. How can a mark of less than 50% regarded as a pass? This is the main reason for high failure rates at Universities where the pass mark is 50%. You cannot blame universities because our learners would have used to a pass mark of 30% or 40% in some subjects. The entire education system needs a complete overall. Zimbabwe is very poor but their system is mirrored against Cambridge. Believe me, our best learner will struggle with Zim exams. I have seen some of their papers, no wonder why they are the most educated in Africa

  • Moot - 2011-01-20 19:12

    These kids futures are being ruined by incompetence. Not that they have a great future if they stay here anyway.

      Eduard_Khil - 2011-01-20 19:38

      there has not been a great future in this country since the early 90's. You have missed your chnace and its too late now to cry over the way things are

  • Grant - 2011-01-20 19:20

    These examiners probably have to google each question to get help with it takes a bit longer. Add the fact that they probably cant switch on a computer...they've done well to keep it to a year! Oh...and expect the same now from the students...cos they're learning from it! :)

  • FatBoySlim - 2011-01-20 19:47

    African time at its best. Whites are made to feel guilty because of previous Bantu education, one day Bantu education will be far superior to what is on offer now

  • Cejewe - 2011-01-20 20:08

    Bliksem! Is dit die standaarde waarvoor daar n "freedom struggle" was? Julle is n skande vir die mensdom, julle is n misdaad teen die mensdom. Ek glo nie jy kry slegter nie. Oortuig my.Sela

  • Cejewe - 2011-01-20 20:12

    Bliksem! Is dit die standaarde waarvoor daar n "freedom struggle" was? Julle is n skande vir die mensdom, julle is n misdaad teen die mensdom. Ek glo nie jy kry slegter nie. Oortuig my.Sela

  • Mariki - 2011-01-20 22:29

    This did not only happen in Mpumalanga. My son wrote the supplementary paper in Mathematics in order to obtain a better result, which is an entry requirement at CUT Free State. We are from Bloemfontein. We also struggled since then to get his National Senior Certificate from the Department. This has been released last week, but the Department referred us to the School to collect it, and the School claim not to have received it yet. I just wonder, if people in the Education environment are so incompetent, why do we expect more from anybody in any other department?

      Sifiso - 2011-04-05 22:02

      its just individuals who are not suppose to do what they were hired to do and we can only hope that action against them to avoid such instances in future are taken decisively so.

  • Sifiso - 2011-04-05 21:57

    let us not miss the fact and confuse issues, the story is about certificates recieved by leaners who wrote their supplementary exam, the least we could say is this should serve as a learning curve to all the official that were involve and make sure that such an incidents do not happen again as it give the department and the country a bad name and allow opposers the platform to be negative and point fingures at the post aprtheid government.

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