Students shut down college
Eastcape Midlands College in Uitenhage was completely shut down on Thursday after irate students demanded accountability over 22 missing life orientation examination scripts.
The scripts are suspected to have gone missing while at the marking centre.
The college’s management called for calm and assured students that the matter was receiving attention.
College principal Charl van Heerden said for the past two days he had been in Pretoria to discuss the problem with officials and find a solution.
“When we realised the papers were not accounted for [we] commissioned a probe and [communicated] with the department of education and the marking centre.
“The centre claims it did not receive them but on our side we have evidence they went through,” Van Heerden said
On Thursday, politicians, student representatives, management and other stakeholders were locked in an impromptu meeting to get to the bottom of the issue.
One of the students, Lucky Mtanase, said: “Nobody wants to account for the missing scripts.
“There is talk from management to compel students to sit for supplementary exams. How can you write something you have already written?
“Some [students] applied at a tertiary institution while others are looking for work, but they can’t [be helped] due to the outstanding results.”..