Matrics left in limbo

More than 9,000 still wait­ing for cer­tifi­cates – some since 2011

Daily Dispatch - - News - ARETHA LIN­DEN ED­U­CA­TION RE­PORTER arethal@dis­patch.co.za

Thou­sands of East­ern Cape peo­ple who passed their Grade 12 fi­nal ex­ams be­fore 2016 have yet to re­ceive their Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cates (NSC).

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion’s head of as­sess­ment and ex­am­i­na­tions, Mz­imhle Mabona, in July this year 9,580 were still wait­ing for their cer­tifi­cates as the depart­ment bat­tled a back­log.

Pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Loyiso Pu­lumani said the back­logs dated back to 2011-2012.

The act­ing ed­u­ca­tion MEC Mlungisi Mvoko told the Bhisho leg­is­la­ture two months ago, that more than 400 in­di­vid­u­als who had passed ma­tric in 2017 were still wait­ing for their ma­tric cer­tifi­cates.

Mvoko, who was re­spond­ing DA MPL Ed­mund van Vu­uren’s ques­tions in Septem­ber, listed a num­ber of rea­sons for the de­lays. Mvoko said th­ese were due to in­valid iden­ti­ties and marks that were still out­stand­ing, while some re­sults had not been fi­nalised.

On Thurs­day Pu­lumani said some of the out­stand­ing 2017 cer­tifi­cates had since been is­sued to the re­cip­i­ents, but did not spec­ify how many.

In a July let­ter sent to act­ing deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral Penny Vin­jevold with the sub­ject line “project for re­sult­ing back­log,” Mabona, states the back­log oc­curred due to pupils who were “re­jected” by the coun­cil for qual­ity as­sur­ance in gen­eral and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, Umalusi.

“Th­ese are the learn­ers who, though they were sent to Umalusi through the database, could not be cer­ti­fied for a num­ber of rea­sons, rang­ing from marks, that were dif­fer­ent from Umalusi and qual­ity as­sur­ance data,” stated Mabona.

In the let­ter, dated July 19, Mabona re­quested ap­proval for a bud­get of close to R70,000 to ac­com­mo­date a team to be brought in for nine days in July and Au­gust to as­sist in clear­ing the back­log.

The re­quest for fund­ing was au­tho­rised.

Umalusi spokesper­son Lucky Di­taun­yane told the Daily Dis­patch the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process was de­pen­dent on the sub­mis­sion of data by the depart­ment to them.

“Umalusi is­sues cer­tifi­cates within seven work­ing days if er­ror free data is sub­mit­ted.

“The depart­ment has been en­gaged in clean­ing their sys­tem, and a num­ber of out­stand­ing cer­tifi­cates for pre­vi­ous ex­am­i­na­tions were is­sued over the past few months,” said Di­taun­yane.

He di­rected the Dis­patch to the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion.

Pu­lumani said the de­lays

Umalusi will is­sue the cer­tifi­cates within seven work­ing days Lucky Di­taun­yane

Umalusi spokesman

were due to du­pli­cate reg­is­tra­tion of pupils, in­valid and con­flict­ing ID num­bers, in­volve­ment ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and out­stand­ing marks, among other rea­sons.

Pu­lumani said the depart­ment had since ap­pointed a team of six of­fi­cials, con­sist­ing of five dis­trict of­fi­cials and a pro­vin­cial of­fi­cer who un­der­went train­ing in the North­ern Cape on how to deal with er­rors in the sys­tem.

Pu­lumani said the team was ex­pected to com­plete all out­stand­ing trans­ac­tions by the end of this month.

“Th­ese learn­ers have passed their ma­tric ex­ams but now they have noth­ing to show for it. It has ham­pered them in reg­is­ter­ing at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, ap­ply­ing for bur­saries, and ap­ply­ing for jobs,” said Van Vu­uren.

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