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THE Department of Basic Education will cooperate with Umalusi to ensure that pupils in Mpumalanga receive their matric results withing the next 10 days.
Quality assurer Umalusi announced on Monday that it had not approved the release of the results of 60000 pupils in Mpumalanga because the integrity of the exams had been compromised.
The body has approved the release of the results of the Senior Certificate exams in the other eight provinces - all due out tomorrow.
Five papers - mathematics papers one and two, physical science papers one and two and accounting - were leaked in Mpumalanga before the start of the exams in October. The papers were subsequently replaced.
Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said yesterday: "In principle, we want the matter to be resolved in 10 days."
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the Mpumalanga MEC for education Regina Mhaule decided to dissolve the province's examinations board.
"We cannot continue to use a board that is not effective.
"Instead, we have decided to get specialists from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Free State to help with running the board," Lesufi said.
"We don't know how long they will be there as the problems run deep in Mpumalanga. The supplementary exams in March will be conducted by the national department."
Meanwhile, Mhaule said yesterday she was optimistic that the province's matric results would be released tomorrow as scheduled.
She told journalists that her department was working with Umalusi and the Basic Education Department to speedily resolve the delays in releasing the results.
"I am optimistic that all the thorny issues would be resolved by tomorrow so that our pupils get their results when everybody else does. If we fail to reach that, the latest would be Monday," she said.
Mhaule acknowledged that the delay was not only caused by the leaked exam papers, but that wide-spread irregularities had been detected.
"These irregularities involve about 500 pupils, and it's only them who will be affected by the delay," she said.
Mhaule did not comment on Umalusi's statement that her department was unable to conduct credible and fair exams.
This is the second year that the province had bungled the Grade 12 results.
Last year thousands of pupils were left stranded when the department failed to release the results on the due date because of "technical errors".