Education Department Faces Court Action Over Release Of Matric Results

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With the 2021 matric result due to be announced in three days and made available on Friday, the Basic Education Department has come under scrutiny over its decision not to publish matric results on Media platforms. 


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This comes after lobby group, Afri-Forum and three other organisations instituted an urgent court application against Department over its decision not to publish matric results on media platforms.

The South Africa National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) further stated that it was taken aback by the Department's decision because it was not consulted when it was made.

In response, the department issued a statement on Sunday, saying that it will abide by the court's decision and oppose Afri-Forum’s urgent court application.

The lobby group further stated that it welcomes the Education Department’s decision not to oppose the urgent application regarding the Department’s decision to not publish the 2021 matric results in the media.

“We hope to ensure in the court on Tuesday that the 2021 matriculants will be able to access their results on media platforms as has been the norm in the past,” says Natasha Venter, Manager for Education Rights at AfriForum.”

The urgent application will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 18 January before the matric results are made available on 20 January 2022.

Last week, the department wrote a letter to media houses informing them that the move was in line with the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), which came into effect in July last year. 

In the meantime, the Education Department has urged candidates to register on its Website in order to view their matric results when they are made available. 

Candidates will be required to go through a two-step verification process before their registration is confirmed and will have to provide their ID number as well as examination number.
 


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