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Johannesburg - Two matric pupils at a Limpopo school were barred from writing exams on Monday, allegedly by the principal.
As thousands of their peers began their end-of-year exams, writing an English paper, the two were turned away.
It is alleged that Thinyiko Tshabalala, principal of Mocheudi Secondary School, was punishing them for reportedly not attending classes since July. He refused to comment.
Limpopo Education Department spokesman Phuti Seloba confirmed the incident.
The school is at Ga-Sekgopo village, north-east of Polokwane.
Seloba said the department had intervened and the pupils were reassured they would be allowed to write the remaining papers.
He would not give a guarantee that a special exam would be set for the two pupils to compensate for the missed English paper.
“At the moment we don’t want to speculate,” said Seloba.
He said the principal had not been suspended.
Seloba said the department had appointed a team to investigate.
“We just need our people to sober up so that they can deal with issues in a proper way,” he said.
Seloba said the matter had been reported to exam-quality assurer Umalusi as an irregularity.
Lucky Ditaunyane, the Umalusi
spokesman, said the council was yet to receive a report from the department.