In­side exam re­write maze

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - Roland Mpofu

THE Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion de­nies it has out­sourced the reg­is­tra­tion of can­di­dates for the Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate Amended to pri­vate col­leges.

But Grade 12 pupil Than­deka Ma­fuya, who said she was strug­gling to reg­is­ter to write Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams, told In­de­pen­dent Me­dia the de­part­ment had in­formed her it was no longer reg­is­ter­ing can­di­dates.

She was given a list of col­leges where she could go and reg­is­ter. Three of them asked her to pay R1000 reg­is­tra­tion fee and R500 per sub­ject.

“But when I was in Cape Town I went to the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment and I didn’t pay a cent to reg­is­ter,” said Ma­fuya.

Spokesper­son Steve Mabona said the Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment had never used pri­vate col­leges to reg­is­ter can­di­dates for any ex­am­i­na­tion and that the de­part­ment’s ex­am­i­na­tions were free.

How­ever, when In­de­pen­dent Me­dia con­tacted some col­leges on the list, they ad­mit­ted to charg­ing can­di­dates to reg­is­ter di­rectly with the de­part­ment. These in­cluded Mbowa Col­lege and Green­land Col­lege in cen­tral Jo­han­nes­burg. Green­land Col­lege said to reg­is­ter for six sub­jects cost R2 500 plus a reg­is­tra­tion fee of R1 200 and they too said they reg­is­tered can­di­dates on be­half of the de­part­ment.

Mabona re­futed this, adding that the de­part­ment sup­plied reg­is­tra­tion forms to all schools and cen­tres au­tho­rised to of­fer the NSC.

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