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'Faulty school results cause happiness and heartache'

By Boitumelo Tshehle North West Correspondent | Dec 20, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

FIFTY-SEVEN North West pupils yesterday learnt that they had actually passed after earlier faulty final-year report cards showed they had failed.

Emotions ran high at Regolotswe High School in Itsoseng, near Lichtenburg, when 480 pupils in Grades 10 and 11 were called in to return their report cards because their marks had been wrongly altered by a new computer system.

When the school released the final-year report cards on December 7 pupils were surprised to find that most of them had failed and that the cards had subjects they had not studied.

In one Grade 10 class, all the pupils had failed and all had received the same marks and levels in every subject. Their dates of birth and names were also incorrect.

Principal Leon Mmonaditshaba Maja yesterday blamed the mess on the school's new data capturing system.

After a meeting of parents, the school governing body and the North West department of education, the reports were revised .

Education area manager of the Ditsobotla local municipality, Wiseman Sokhupha, apologised to both parents and pupils and admitted the department had made a mistake.

He said before verification, 29 Grade 10 pupils had passed but after verification the number changed to 47 out of a total of 287 learners. It showed that a total of 240 pupils had failed. In Grade 11, 74 pupils had passed before verification. After verification it showed that 113 had passed out of a total 195 pupils.

Grade 10 pupil Ntswaki Mooki could not suppress her tears on finding out she had passed.

"I studied hard. So I found it strange that I had failed. I am relieved and very excited," she said.

Boingotlo Mothelesi, 17 and in Grade 10, said she had hoped for a pass but had failed.

Gomolemo Monaisa said she received two report cards in June. According to one she had passed and the other showed she had failed.

The provincial education department's Gershwin Chuenyane said when the problems came to light the results were verified -both electronically and manually.

"Parents and learners accepted the results. Those who did not succeed were informed that they would be given an opportunity to repeat the grade," Chuenyane said.

MEC for education Louisa Mabe has asked for a thorough investigation into the matter when schools reopen next year. - tshehleb@sowetan.co.za

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"New data capturing system" Don't humans do the capturing? Sin?

Dec 20, 2012 7:27 | 0 replies

ugly angie motshega failing again..

Dec 20, 2012 7:34 | 0 replies

sekhebereshe
ugly angie motshega failing again..
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Lol she must stop wearing i "wiki"

Dec 20, 2012 7:36 | 0 replies

".....their marks had been wrongly altered by a new computer system"

Yea, blame the computer for the dumbass human who told it what to do.

Another area for Angie to 'wash her hands' as it is not her responsibility?

Dec 20, 2012 8:42 | 0 replies

"number changed to 47 out of a total of 287 learners"
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Do you call that a mistake its a mess, but if we can once think straight "ENGIE" is not correcting/ capturing result on the computer, eisshhh a kid never wipe herself at School after going to toilet the problem is Engie,BIG NO and NO

Dec 20, 2012 8:54 | 0 replies

He said before verification, 29 Grade 10 pupils had passed but after verification the number changed to 47 out of a total of 287 learners. It showed that a total of 240 pupils had failed. In Grade 11, 74 pupils had passed before verification. After verification it showed that 113 had passed out of a total 195 pupils.
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WTF is going on with the school system that so many kids can't even get 30% pass rate!!!

Dec 20, 2012 9:0 | 0 replies

what do you expect to put that idiot as an mec, anc you bringing the country down i wish in 2014 people will vote other parties so the anc can loose that two to third. imagine that lady with a fly in her nose being an mec of education nxa!

Dec 20, 2012 10:7 | 0 replies