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The 2021 Matric results will be published on media platforms

The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of AfriForum, Maroela Media and Anlé Spies, a 2021 matric pupil who opposed the Department of Basic Education’s decision not to publish 2021 metric results in the media.

AfriForum and two of its co-petitioners have been granted an urgent interdict against the Department, permitting the publication of matric results on media platforms.

In court papers filed on Friday, the applicants named the DBE, Angie Motshega and others as respondents.

Following the legal action, the department confirmed on Monday that it had decided to comply with the Court’s decision.

The DBE said it would make the results available to the requested participants, including media outlets who would like to print and publish the results digitally.

In a statement, the DBE stated it did not want to publish the results to the media due to concerns raised under the Personal Information Protection Act (POPIA).

Applicants have indicated DBE cannot hide behind the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) to confirm its unjustified decision.

“The media will only publish an examination number, and no other personal information about leaners will be disclosed without their consent. In a democratic country, information should be available free of charge, subject to legal restrictions. This should be a policy the DBE should adopt.”

AfriForum Education Rights Manager, Natasha Venter, says the enthusiasm associated with publishing matric results in the media is inspiring future students.

“Underestimating the importance of this will ultimately undermine the pursuit of academic success,” added Venter.

Umalusi, a quality assurance body, has approved the release of the 2021 Matric results, which will be announced by the DBE on January 20 and released on January 21.

According to Umalusi, the 2021 Matric class is the eighth class to write the end-of-year exams under the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement, as it is the same class that has been plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic for two years.

“The 2021 class has become the second-grade 12 group to be assessed under National Health and Safety conditions due to Lockdown National,” said the Umalusi Chairperson, Prof. John Volmink.

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