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Unisa students “upset” not to receive their certificates

Unisa’s Acting Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning, Professor Veronica Mckay, said students will receive text messages letting them know when they can come and collect their certificates.

Students at the University of South Africa (Unisa) are angry and frustrated that they have not received their certificate for months after graduating.

The university announced that it would cancel its graduation ceremonies due to the pandemic and promised that it would publish the qualifications of the students.

Unisa’s Acting Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning, Professor Veronica Mckay, responded to the complaints by ensuring that students receive their certificates on time.

I know the students were quite upset that they didn’t receive their certificate and I understand.

Prof Veronica Mckay, Acting Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning – Unisa

First, we are unable to have physical graduation ceremonies which are normally attended by 50,000 students due to the foreclosure rules.

Prof Veronica Mckay, Acting Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning – Unisa

Until now, students could get their certificates back, but with the lockdown rules in place, that is gone. I now understand that various places where students would normally have graduated will be handing over their certificates.

Prof Veronica Mckay, Acting Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning – Unisa

McKay says students will receive text messages to find out when they can come and collect their certificates.

Eyewitness News reporter Thando Kubheka said students have spoken out on social media and many have been unable to apply for jobs or continue their education at other institutions due to the absence of their certificates.

Virtual graduation was also canceled due to COVID-19 earlier this year and they were promised these graduation certificates would then be displayed to them, but many of them are still waiting.

Thando Kubheka, journalist – Eyewitness News

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I spoke to a gentleman from the Western Cape who says he’s been waiting for about 4 months now, after graduating and his life is on hold. He tried to register to continue his studies at an international university and could not complete his application because he does not have his certificate.

Thando Kubheka, journalist – Eyewitness News

Many students have taken to social media to express their frustration.

Thando Kubheka, journalist – Eyewitness News

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