Union Unhappy Over Publication Of Matric Results


Teachers' union has reacted with contempt to the High Court's ruling to allow the publication of matric results in newspapers. Matric results are set to be announced tomorrow and released on 21 January 2022.



South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is not at all happy with the ruling made at the Pretoria High Court in relation to matric results being publicized.

The application on matric results publishing ban was won by Afriforum, Maroela Media, and matric pupil Anlé Spies.

Afriforum’s argument was there’s no harm in publishing the results as only the examination numbers of students are being published. This number is only known to each individual student.

Pretoria matriculant, Anlé Spies filed an affidavit filed stating that in publishing the matric results in the media and online, the DBE would not encroach on the Popi Act, as no personal information about the matriculants was released.

On the other hand, SADTU expressed how in their view, this was about protecting the business interests of media houses above those of the learners and their parents.

The union said:

In our view, the publishing of matric results does not bring any educational benefit to those directly concerned, being our learners. The publishing of the results only brings extra monetary value to the media houses that see it as some kind of a money-making bonanza.

For the full statement, click here.

Maroela Media executive director, Susan Lombaard had an alternate view on the matter, “I think we have lots of matriculants that are not at home at the moment. Those who are not able to visit these schools and get the results themselves, so it's extremely important for those matrics to be able to have access to the results whether it's online or in a publication in the newspaper.”





Other Articles

Applications for 2023 are now open at the Academy of Digital Arts. Throughout the years, the Academy of Digital Arts has attracted staff and students from around the globe.

A certificate, diploma, or degree programme? Do you want to know which one will serve you better; which one will get you a better job, the much-desired promotion, and a better income?


Latest SASSA Articles

Some R350 grant beneficiaries might have had their application been rejected which lead them to appeal. It might occur that the appeal upholds the rejection status. Can something be done about this?

Many applicants of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have had their applications rejected for various reasons, but the question is what will happen if they don't appeal this status? Here is what the Independent Appeals Tribunal said on the matter. 


Careers Advice

As students and their parents look ahead to 2023, it is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Will you be able to study or work towards a qualification? What are the options? If you can, how much will it cost, and can you afford it? 

Learnerships are work-based learning programmes consisting of both theory and practical elements that give you an opportunity to gain work experience. If you are interested in joining in the police force, you might want to consider applying for the South African Police Services (SAPS) learnership programme.