After missing the July 27 deadline to release all the examination results for last semester, the University of SA (Unisa) says about 95% of the results have now been released.
This follows complaints by students after delays in releasing their first semester (May/June) online exams. Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic lockdown regulations, all exams were taken online.
Unisa was this week responding to City Press questions after it was initially approached about the results.
Students complained that the outstanding results were affecting their plans to register for the second semester.
The university said at the time that did not happen due to “unforeseen challenges”.
This was a “historic first for the university” and students submitted more than 1.3 million digital examination scripts.
In a statement last week, Unisa said many students who were eligible to write exams chose to defer their exams to October and November.
“Eventually students sat for about 950 000 papers during the examinations and to date 95% of the examination results have been released. By the time this paper goes to print this will obviously be higher,” Unisa said.
Unisa said the results delays were due to some technical challenges, mainly arising from students who submitted their examination papers via email instead of uploading them onto the exams platform.
“This required making changes to the systems to divert the examination papers into the tool used for online marking by lecturers. Notwithstanding the technical challenges, the university administered, marked and has released 95% of the examination results,” Unisa said.
Appropriate arrangements would be made for students who may have received their results late to ensure that no student would be prejudiced, the university said.
The registration deadline for the next semester was on Monday August 10.
Unisa said examination results were being released as soon as they became available.
“As soon as students receive their results they should register on the online system,” Unisa said.
“The university would like to assure students who receive their results later than expected that they will be accommodated with their second semester registration. Unisa is committed to serving its students with excellence and appreciates the way students have walked with the university and tackled unchartered territories during the difficult Covid-19 pandemic,” it said.