Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

Action will be taken against those officials responsible for the delay in matric results.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor, pictured, has referred a task team report into the delay to the education department's committee for action to be taken against responsible officials.

Pandor asked for an in-depth investigation after many of last year's matric pupils did not receive their results on time.

Director-general Duncan Hindle has confirmed that the results of 701 pupils are still outstanding. The results will be finalised by Sunday, with the completion of the individual hearings into irregularities, Hindle said.

Education spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said the task team found the delay was caused by shortcomings in the integrated examination computer system, problems with bandwidth, late registrations, a late start in capturing data, an absence of standardised protocols for capturing results and a failure to put adequate monitoring in place for the first national exam.

Pandor has requested the heads of departments to pay particular attention to Mpumalanga, where results took the longest time to be released.

Delays in Mpumalanga are said to have been caused by the theft of the education data cable in the second week of November.

"However, the delay was aggravated by the fact that Mpumalanga authorities failed to investigate or report the theft to the police," Ngqengelele said.