Mpumalanga education to release all pending results

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Gabi Khumalo

Nelspruit - All pending matric results in Mpumalanga will be released on Monday, according to the Mpumalanga Education Department.

The provincial department has assured all schools, parents and learners who were still waiting for their results that they would be released on 26 January 2009.

"Both National and Mpumalanga Provincial Departments are working tirelessly around the clock to finalise the process," the department said on Tuesday.

During the release of matric results on 30 December 2008, 4 1603 learners from the province received results, while 9000 of 56 000 learners nationally, who did not receive their results were from Mpumalanga.

The department said the Integrated Examinations Computerised System (IECS) used nationally to capture learner marks and results, proved to be extremely challenging.

The IECS was developed by the national Education Department and was used for the first time during the 2008 Grade 12 examinations.

The department said the delay was mainly due to a number of systemic problems experienced by the province included conflicting reports, malfunctioning of the document trail system, wrong calculations, duplicate registration, omissions, wrong subject allocations, technical faults, outstanding marks, failure to result legitimate learners and learner identification system.

"Managing hand written mark sheets posed a major challenge as the processes to create computerised mark sheets was a very long one," the department said.

The department further said mark sheets that had errors could only be fixed by 29 December 2008 by the system developers and the computer operators needed to go through many steps before mark sheets were created, which was extremely time consuming.

"The system cannot put all the marks of one centre in one document, this makes it difficult to control what is outstanding and reports of learners with outstanding marks only reflects those with a 777 captured and not those learners with no marks at all," the department said.

Currently, there are only 2 589 learners with results still pending and both national and the Mpumalanga Provincial Departments are working tirelessly around the clock to finalise the process.

The national department will set up a task team to visit provinces and investigate all systemic problems experienced with implementation of the IECS.

Speaking at a press briefing following a meeting with the Council of Education last week, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said of the 56 000 learners nationally, a total of 33 448 candidates had not written the exams, despite registering for them.

A further 700 candidates were still being investigated for exam irregularities and the outcomes of these investigations are expected to be completed by 31 January.

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