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LIMPOPO matric pupil Refilwe Mathebe nearly missed a chance to write the final examinations with her peers because of a mistake by her school.
The department of education intervened timeously on Monday to help avert her heartache.
After failing to secure the examination candidate number, St Gregory's College in Groblersdal allegedly told Refilwe, 19, that she did not pass Grade 11, though her school report indicates she had passed. This was also confirmed by the education department.
She had discovered a few weeks after she completed her trial exams that she was not eligible to write..
Her woes ended when the department gave a number authorising her to write.
Speaking to Sowetan after she received the candidate number, Refilwe said she had been in a worst situation and felt like it was discrimination.
"I was frustrated and stressed to be told that I can't write exams.
"My classmates and I are happy that I am going to write with them," said Refilwe.
The examination board heard the grievances of her family and recommended that Refilwe be provided with an examination candidate number as she was not responsible for the delay and error.
"It was disturbing, we are really thankful to Sowetan because we tried to talk to the authorities but there was no help until your report," said Refilwe's mother Victoria Mathebe.
Department spokesperson Ndo Mangala said they were investigating the matter and would be meeting Refilwe's parents and the school's management.
"On Friday, an examination team will meet the parents and the school but we had already received a report from the parents indicating that the pupil has passed," said Mangala.
"We had cases like these before but they always came from private schools."