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Mother agrees to allow her son to repeat 'passed' grade

By Elijar Mushiana | Jan 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A PUPIL who is said to have passed Grade 11 but was issued with a "failed" report will be repeating the Grade.

This is after an agreement between his parents and the school principal.

Phathutshedzo Tshivhase, 16, did Grade 11 at Ravhuhali High School at Matshavhawe village, Nzhelele, outside Thohoyandou, last year. In December, he received a report indicating he had failed, only to discover a pile of reports in the school's dumping hole when schools reopened last week.

One of the reports was his and it showed he had passed.

After Sowetan published the story, the school principal, known only as PR Fhedzi, called Phathutshedzo's mother and allegedly begged her to convince her son to repeat Grade 11.

Phathutshedzo's mother, Ntavhanyeni Mukona, confirmed yesterday that she had a meeting with Fhedzi on Tuesday.

Mukona said Fhedzi showed her the marks schedule that indicated her son did not pass.

"Although it is painful and unbelievable, we have agreed to let Phathutshedzo repeat Grade 11," said Mukona.

She said she was, however, still awaiting the outcome of an investigation being conducted by the provincial education department into the matter.

Spokesperson for the department, Ndo Mangala, said he was not aware that the mother and the principal had agreed to keep Phathutshedzo in Grade 11.

Mangala said despite the agreement, curriculum officials were busy checking the whole Grade 11 marks schedules.


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