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Matric upgrade centres or schools – not affiliated to UKZN

With the matric rewrite period fast approaching, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) wishes to remind the public that it is neither affiliated to any, nor endorses any, so-called “matric upgrade centres” or “schools”, no matter what names they use or affiliation they purportedly represent as having to UKZN.

It has again been brought to our attention that operators are representing, on various social media platforms, that the university is linked to their centre(s) or school(s). This is not only false, but also misleading as UKZN has no association with any of these centres or schools (entities).

We have in recent days been inundated with queries about specific entities, and we wish to categorically distance UKZN from any and all such entities. We call on all 2020 Grade 12 pupils, their parents and guardians to be cautious about such entities. None of these entities can or may offer services to secure and/or assist with admission or residence accommodation at UKZN, nor guarantee the same. Any money paid over to such entitles (or to private individuals purportedly representing these entities) offering such services, will be lost, and the university cannot accept any responsibility for this.

Application to UKZN for the 2022 academic year needs to be made through the Central Application Office (CAO) on www.cao.ac.za.

The university may be in a position to offer limited spaces in certain programmes for the second semester of 2021, and once advertised, application will need to be made for entry into the second semester via the Central Applications Office (CAO) mentioned above.

The public is warned to report any such entities (including any individuals purportedly acting on their behalf) that use the UKZN name/logo or inadvertently link themselves with the university by name and/or branding or advertising advice and/or guidance on application to UKZN to the relevant South African Police authorities. This conduct is a crime and criminal prosecution must follow.

Concerned members of the public can call the UKZN Fraud Hotline toll-free: (0800) 203 285 or e-mail: [email protected]

The university will take firm legal action against any entity and/or individual who unlawfully represents that they are affiliated to the UKZN, and/or conducts themselves in the manner described above.

Any member of the public wishing to know more about ‘upgrading your matric’ and requiring further information and guidance should contact the Department of Basic Education at www.education.gov.za, the KZN Department of Education at www.kzneducation.gov.za, or the high school where last registered for the 2020 NSC examinations. Also, see information about the DBE Second Chance Matric Support Programme at https://www.gov.za/services/second-chance-rewrite-matric.

Issued by:

Normah Zondo

Acting Executive Director: Corporate Relations

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