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The National Education Department's apparent decision to postpone the release date of matric results - on Tuesday - has caused distress and prolonged anxiety for thousands of matriculants, with pupils describing the wait as similar to waiting for HIV test results.
But education spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said yesterday the date for the release "was not postponed".
"We did not postpone the dates for results. We will get them to schools tomorrow (Monday) for principals to check. But this might take time, so we suggested that pupils should get them by Tuesday."
Ngqengelele said schools that were ready could distribute them today.
He said the results would be released to newspapers. More than 560000 matric pupils wrote exams this year.
Katlego Matsoso, 20, a pupil at Reasoma High School, said: "It is like waiting for your HIV test results. I have butterflies in my stomach. It is the first time that I had to go through so much stress.
Nokuthula Magcaba, 19, from St Julius Secondary School in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, said she was confused by the changing of dates.
"We were told we would get our results, now it has been postponed.
"Waiting for your results is stressful - and the changing of dates makes things even worse."