Students of the University of South Africa (Unisa) who wrote their second semester exams during the October / November period will be happy to know that the institution has set a final date for the release of the results.

“Unisa will be releasing the October / November examination results on a staggered basis as soon as they become available. The final due date for the release of all examination results in 20 December 2019,” writes Unisa.

While conventional wisdom says that those who wrote later in the exam period will receive their results later, this hasn’t been our experience in the past. Sometimes those who wrote their exams earlier receive them later and vice versa. All students can really do is sit and wait, unfortunately.

The one saving grace here is that, pass or fail, the results should be out before the festive season kicks off in earnest. That is assuming that Unisa actually sticks to its commitment here, which it has failed to do many times in the past.

Regardless the university has released a second statement in conjunction with the above, this time regarding how written exams are dealt with:

“The University of South Africa (Unisa) is aware of speculation on social media regarding the manner in which examination scripts are dealt with. The university wishes to assure its students that the examination papers and the marking of scripts will not be compromised. Through proactive steps, ongoing monitoring of processes and the immediate investigation of alleged conduct that may jeopardise the integrity of such scripts, Unisa will continue to uphold its high academic standards.”

“Compromised” and “high academic standards” are the operative words here as, in November, the university announced that some of its exams were leaked yet again. With worries over the legitimacy of marks before and after they have been written, it has been yet another rough semester for students.

The end of 2019’s second semester has been rough rough, as was it’s start as extreme delays plagued registration, partly due to the late release of exam marks. We assume that the first statement above is an attempt to preemptively address this and ensure that history will not repeat itself for the first semester of 2020.