Hundreds of matrics waiting for results

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Johannesburg - While most matrics now know whether they achieved their academic goals, a few hundred do not have their results and are struggling to plan their futures.

About 900 pupils who wrote the government exams under the jurisdiction of the independent examiner, the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI), have received grades for only some subjects. The vast majority of these pupils are in Gauteng.

Elroy Academy headmaster Pieter Rousseau said one of their pupils had been rewriting the year with the express intention of using better grades to get into a tertiary institution. The pupil is now struggling because he cannot give institutions his final grades.

Adelle de Kock said her daughter Danielle, who went to Zwartkop Christian School, had also received only half her results.

Dr Gustav Niebuhr, chief executive of SACAI, said they were responsible for submitting the year marks for the pupils to the provincial departments of education, and had done so on time.

He said the fault lay with the Gauteng Department of Education and the education departments in other provinces who had not captured the year-mark grades, and so the pupils had no results.

“There are also cases where it’s not the year mark that has caused the problem as there is no mark for the final exam.”

Niebuhr said many of their candidates were part-time or home-schooled.

According to Phumla Sekhonyane, spokeswoman for the Gauteng Department of Education, there are two separate groups that have outstanding results. “The first one is a group of 38 out of 2 000 learners from Star Schools. All of them are part-time learners and our system cannot pick up their school-based assessment.

“There is a meeting taking place tomorrow between our exams section and the Star Schools principal to resolve the matter,” Sekhonyane said.

“The second group is that of 599 learners registered with SACAI. Their candidates are a mixture of part-time and home-schooled candidates. They submitted their School Based Assessment results late. The matter has now been resolved and their results will be available tomorrow (on Saturday).”

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