Afriforum opposes DBE determination to not publish matric outcomes


Narissa Subramoney

Afriforum is arguing that pupil’s private particulars usually are not printed, outcomes seem alongside pupil numbers.

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Pupils from Saheti Faculty in Johannesburg rejoice after receiving their 2020 matric outcomes. Image: Michel Bega



The civil rights organisation AfriForum, Maroela Media and Anlé Spies (a 2021 matriculant) on Friday served courtroom papers on amongst others Fundamental Schooling Minister Angie Motshekga, opposing the departments sudden determination to not publish the 2021 matric ends in the media.

In accordance with Natasha Venter, Supervisor for Schooling Rights at AfriForum, the general public pleasure that accompanies the publication of matric ends in the media serves as motivation for future matriculants.

“To water down the magnitude of the event, will finally undermine the pursuit of excellence in training,” stated Venter.

The matric outcomes can be launched on 20 January and Afriforum needs its arguments to be heard earlier than then.


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“The Division can’t cover behind the Safety of Private Info Act, 4 of 2013 (POPIA) to justify this irrational determination,” insists Venter.

“Solely the examination numbers of the scholars are printed on media platforms, in different phrases, no private info or the identities of learners can be made public with out their consent.”

Afriforum is of the opinion that info should (throughout the ambit of the legislation) be freely accessible in a democratic nation and this can be a precept that the Division ought to assist.

The pressing software is scheduled for 18 January on the North Gauteng Excessive Court docket earlier than the matric outcomes are made accessible on 20 January 2022.

The Info Regulator of South Africa stated it supported the division’s determination to not publish the matric outcomes.

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However, the transfer away from publishing outcomes has had some assist, particularly from those that have argued that the publishing of the outcomes on public platforms led to undue stress on the pupils, impacting their psychological well being, anxiousness, and finally resulting in suicide.

“We have now had instances earlier than the place pupils killed themselves as a result of their names weren’t within the paper. Solely to seek out out that it was a technical drawback, they’ve really handed, stated Mpendulo Skosana who sat for the 2021 NSC examinations at Makhosana Secondary Faculty in Mpumalanga.

“Additionally, the tactic is utilized by bullies to humiliate their targets. I’m glad this has stopped,” he stated.

Further reporting by Sipho Mabena

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