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Will Matric results be in newspapers? High Court to make final decision

Matric results might end up being in newspapers after all! The Department of Education has responded to AfriForum’s court challenge.

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Queen’s High Centre. Image via: Gauteng Education Department

This week the Department of Education revealed that it will no longer publish Matric results in newspapers, due to the Protection of Personal Information Act. However, lobby group AfriForum has decided to take that decision to court. So what does this all mean? It means that we could end up with Matric results being printed in newspapers after all.

Matric results and newspapers: A step too far?

AfriForum says that the department “can not hide” behind the POPI Act to “justify its irrational decision”. The group says not putting matric results in the paper, will “water down” the magnitude of the occasion.

“Only the examination numbers of the students are published on media platforms, in other words no personal information or the identities of learners will be made public without their consent. In a democratic country information must (within the ambit of the law) be freely available and this is a principle that the Department should support.”

Natasha Venter, AfriForum Manager for Education Rights

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The High Court in Pretoria will hear the urgent matter on Tuesday the 18th of January. National Senior Certificate matric results are set to be released two days later.

“We will listen to the court”

So what is the department’s view on all of this? It says it has received a wide range of representations after it made the decision to stop publishing results in the media.

“In handling the matter the Department is guided by the need to comply with all the legal obligations. But in the final analysis the Constitution commands the DBE to act in the best interest of the learner.”

DBE Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga

The Department of Education has confirmed that it WILL follow whatever decision the High Court makes on Tuesday.

Either way, the department is urging all matric pupils to register on its website to view their results once they become available. Candidates will have to go through a two-step verification process before receiving confirmation of their registration.

A 13-digit ID number and the examination number will be required for registration.
The DBE website is zero-rated, which means it can be accessed whether you have data or not.