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Matric results publication: an afterthought disguised as protection

The education department says it wanted to protect pupils by not publishing the results. I beg to differ

Entertainment reporter

Change is inevitable. I believe in it and feel it makes things better when reacted to rationally.

A nudge towards change is what I saw when the education department abruptly announced its decision not to publish the 2021 matric results in newspapers or on other public platforms. However, the usual stench of “half measure” and “rushed decisions” lingered as I read the department’s reasoning and tried to understand its approach to the POPI Act regarding matriculants.

The high court has since ordered that the matric results be published on Friday. To reiterate a Sunday Times Daily editorial earlier this week, “pupils’ privacy and the reasoning behind the publicising of matrics’ results is not a straightforward matter”. However, the debate should be encouraged because though it is difficult, it’s also necessary...

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