Thou­sands of matrics wait­ing for cer­tifi­cates

The Herald (South Africa) - - News -

Thou­sands of East­ern Cape pupils who passed their grade 12 fi­nal ex­ams be­fore 2016 have not yet re­ceived their Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cates.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion’s head of as­sess­ment and ex­am­i­na­tions, Mz­imhle Mabona, in July 9, 580 were still wait­ing for their cer­tifi­cates as the de­partwho ment bat­tled with 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 pupils passed ma­tric in 2017 were still wait­ing to re­ceive their ma­tric cer­tifi­cates.

Mvoko, who was re­spond­ing to DA MPL Ed­mund van Vu­uren’s ques­tions in Septem­ber, listed a num­ber of rea­sons for the de­lay.

He said they in­cluded in­valid iden­ti­ties, out­stand­ing marks and some re­sults had not been cal­cu­lated.

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

In a July let­ter sent to act­ing deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral Penny Vin­jevold, Mabona re­quested ap­proval for a bud­get of close to R70,000 to ac­com­mo­date a team brought in for nine days in July and Au­gust to as­sist in clear­ing the back­log.

Van Vu­uren said the de­lays in the is­su­ing of ma­tric cer­tifi­cates were steal­ing young peo­ple’s fu­tures.

“It has ham­pered them reg­is­ter­ing at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, ap­ply­ing for bur­saries and ap­ply­ing for jobs,” he said.

MLUNGISI MVOKO

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