Serious concerns accompany latest matric results

UJ says too many qualifying matrics have applied for placement at the institution.

South Africa's top performing matric pupils were honoured at the announcement of the 2014 national and provincial matric pass rate results. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There are major concerns on Tuesday around capacity at tertiary institutions following the release of the 2014 matric results.

Concerns were also raised around the so-called group cheating scandal and an increase in schools with 0 percent pass rates.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) says too many qualifying matrics have applied for placement at the institution.

More than 111,000 pupils from the class of 2014 registered to study undergraduate degrees at the university this year.

UJ Registrar Kinta Burger says the administration will now go through a process matching applicants to their results to see whether they can be accepted.

A woman was killed and 22 others were injured in 2012 when thousands of prospective students forced their way into the institution, causing a stampede.

Burger is encouraging students to make use of the late registration process as walk-ins will not be accepted.

"After we communicated with the applicants who have been accepted, we will open the late registration process on Friday."

President Jacob Zuma joined Gauteng Education MEC Panayaza Lesufi in calling for a thorough probe into allegations of cheating.

He also congratulated the matric class of 2014 but says he's concerned about claims of copying in several provinces.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said, "The allegations must be investigated so that this doesn't happen again. We should teach our children that honesty is always the best policy."

PARLY WELCOMES CHEATING PROBE

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Education said it supported investigations into cheating at matric examination centres around the country as this helped maintain the integrity of the results.

Education oversight body Umalusi reported cheating across seven of the country's nine provinces, with most cases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

While announcing the results late on Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said a number of these centres had been cleared and declared the overall exams free and fair.

The committee says the other centres in question now have to be investigated.

Lesufi says strong action will be taken against those found guilty.

"If the concerned schools are found guilty, we'll deregister those schools as examination centres."

Pupils can access their results at EWN's Matric portal by typing in their exam number.