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By Elijar Mushiana | Jan 18, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A LIMPOPO pupil got the shock of his life when he discovered that he had passed despite the fact that the report given to him showed that he had failed.

Phathutshedzo Tshivhase, 16, did Grade 11 at the Ravhuhali High School in Matshavhawe village near Nzhelele last year.

When he received a report in December it indicated he had failed.

All this changed on Thursday last week when he discovered that he had actually passed.

Tshivhase said he went to the school's dumping area to get a plastic bag when he discovered a bunch of reports in a hole.

He went through them and was shocked to discover his report "indicating" he had passed.

Now he wants to proceed to Grade 12 after the discovery. It is not known who threw the reports in the hole.

His classmate, Tshiambaro Lutendo, 19, also discovered she had passed despite her other report indicating a failure.

It is alleged that Grade 11 pupils' positive reports were changed after a large number of Grade 12 pupils had failed.

The school is known for producing poor matric results in the province. In 2008, only four pupils passed matric while last years only five out of 47 pupils had passed.

It is alleged the school's vice principal, known only as Davhana, told pupils to throw away their reports showing a pass.

Tshivhase claimed Davhana told them they would not be allowed to attend the school if they insisted on proceeding to the next grade.

During a Sowetan visit on Friday two reports were found in the dumping hole.

"I want the department of education to investigate the whole matter because other pupils believe they were also deliberately failed," Tshivhase said.

Phathutshedzo's mother, Ntavhanyeni Mukona, also believed her son could not have failed "because he was dedicated to his school work".

Provincial department of education spokesperson Ndo Mangala said curriculum officials would visit the school to investigate the matter.


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