The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is in no way affiliated to any of the large number of ‘Matric Upgrade Centres’ that tend to surface every year at the time of the release of the National Senior Certificate matric results. On their various social media platforms, these Centres seek to portray that they are affiliated, or are somehow in relationship with, or recognised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
They do this through various means including the unauthorised and unlawful use of the UKZN logo, name and/ or branding, thereby implying a link or connection to the University; unlawfully using photographs of University property, or people wearing UKZN branded clothing to visually create a link; offering advice and/or guidance on application to UKZN not authorised by the University; offering registration and/or classes on UKZN campuses without permission or approval; and offering accommodation at times, again, without the University’s permission. The content of these Matric Upgrade Centre publications, flyers and social media pages, attempts to create the impression that their business is authorised by and in association with the University.
The University confirms that no ‘Matric Upgrade Centre’ or ‘UKZN Foundation Programme’ opportunity has been approved, sanctioned or authorised by the University, and 2020 Grade 12 pupils, their parents and guardians are warned to be circumspect about applying to or registering at any Matric Upgrade Centre. The University confirms that the use of the University name, logo, branding, campuses, lecture venues and or residences has not been approved or sanctioned by UKZN and is done illegally by these businesses in an attempt to justify a link with UKZN that doesn’t exist or to create the impression that they are in association with the University. The University is aware that many previous applicants to upgrade Centres have lost their money, and are no better off after the experience than before. Please be cautioned, as the unauthorised use of the University’s name and brand is confusing and has actually deceived many people into thinking they are dealing with UKZN when they are not.
The University will institute legal action against any Matric Upgrade Centre found to be unlawfully representing itself as being associated with the University, and where such Centre conducts business on and/or uses any of the University’s campuses or facilities for such purposes.
If you are uncertain about ‘upgrading your matric’ and require further information and guidance, please 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 you were registered for and wrote your 2020 NSC examinations for help.
Please also see information about the DBE Second Chance Matric Support Programme at https://www.gov.za/services/second-chance-rewrite-matric.