Matric Results

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Matric results: Basic Education NOT CHALLENGING ruling

The Department of Basic Education had announced it would not be publishing the 2021 matric results in the various media platforms

Matric Results

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It seems the saga surrounding the publishing of matric results has been put to bed, for now at least, as the Department of Basic Education says it has no plans to appeal a recent court ruling, nullifying its initial decision on the matter.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled on Tuesday, 18 January 2022, that the matric results can be published by the various media platforms, just days ahead of their release.

Afriforum had approached the courts after the department made the announcement in the previous week, citing the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

The lobby group’s application was joined by media organisation Maroela Media and Anle Spies, a matric pupil from the class of 2021.

More than 730 000 full-time matric pupils registered to write the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, which is the largest number of candidates recorded in years. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is scheduled to release the results on Thursday, 20 January 2022. Pupils will be allowed to fetch their results the next day at school.

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In responding to the court’s decision on publishing the matric results, the Department of Basic Education says it notes the ruling and will abide by it.

“The Department will abide by the ruling. This means that the Department will make available the results to stakeholders who requested access. The conditions of the court ruling must be taken into account in line with the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013”

“In addition to accessing results from media platforms, the Department also urges candidates to register on the website to view the results when 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 Exam Number will be required for registration”

Elijah Mhlanga, Department of Basic Education spokesperson

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