Matrics grow impatient to receive marks

Last year’s matrics, whose results had been withheld, have told Eyewitness News that they were anxious...

Education Department Director General Duncan Hindle in Pretoria on 3 December 2008, Picture: Gia Nicolaides/Eyewitness News

Last year’s matrics, whose results had been withheld, have told Eyewitness News that they were anxious about their future.

Although many of them had applied to tertiary institutions, they would not know their fate until their results were finalised on Friday.

Some of the Grade 12’s had been waiting for ten days to receive their marks.

The Education Department committed itself to releasing the outstanding marks before schools re-open next week.

At least 57 000 matrics were affected by their teachers’ failure to hand year marks in on time to the national department.

It seemed some of the matriculants’ woes were far from over as there were mistakes with the results.

Matriculant Fana Zwane said he had an outstanding English mark while his Life Orientation result was incorrect.

“My LO mark on my report is incorrect. It’s supposed to be 84 but it’s 48.”

AfriForum’s youth league said those behind the maladministration should be brought to book.

The organisation’s Ernest Riets said they had approached the Public Protector.

“What we are asking of the Public Protector is to use its power that has been granted by the Constitution and the Public Protector Act to investigate the matter."