The Pretoria High Court has granted an urgent petition for 18-year-old enrollees to overturn Minister of Education Angie Motoshega’s decision not to publish admission results on newspaper platforms. The
student application was supported by the Afri Forum and Maroela Media. The court has told the department to “publish the results of the National Senior Certificate on a public platform (media platform), as has been done in the last few years, while making the results available to the schools attended by learners.
” I instructed. The discussion focused on the practicality of receiving results only at the school where you graduated. This means that students who are not in school on that day may not receive the results on time.
Anlé Spies has a high school diploma in Pretoria through her statutory agent, Hurter Spies Inc, but now lives about 1,000 km from a school outside Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, so this decision is given to her. He said it would bring great inconvenience.
She is “very” important to receive the results as soon as the results are known, “because there are only a few days to prepare for the start of a college career at Freista at Universität”. I said there is. The
results will be published Thursday, so she states in her paper: I will stay. “It’s different from the previous year. In the past, high school grades (except last year) were announced shortly after Christmas or early January, allowing students to enroll to study at the university campus they want to attend. It took me three to four weeks to get there. Report, “said the spy.
“I can imagine that many of the more than one million enrolled students who passed the Matura exam last year are in a similar situation to me, far from the school they attended when they took the Abitur exam.”
She challenged the validity of the argument that the department complies with POPI law because the results previously published in the newspaper did not include the names of registered students. “This only includes the exam number for a particular enrolled student, the exam center where the exam was created, and a display of the subjects that the enrolled student may have passed in distinction.” Thus, Matura. When the results were published on an independent online platform or in a printed newspaper, the registrant’s own identity was never disclosed, only the exam number was disclosed along with the results, “she said.
The Ministry of Basic Education said it would comply with the ruling. “This means making the results available to the stakeholders who requested access.” In addition to accessing the results from the
media platform, the department will make the results available to candidates. As soon as it becomes available, we will encourage you to register on our website and view the results.
The DBE website is null. This means that you can access the DBE website regardless of whether the matrix contains data. Candidates for
must go through a two-step verification process before receiving confirmation of registration. A 13-digit ID number and exam number are required for registration. According to the ministry, more than 30,000 people have already successfully registered for the service.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has urged matric learners to register on its website to view their results when they come out on 21 January.
Previously, scores of matric learners would find out their examination results on various public media platforms, most notably newspapers.
However, last week the DBE announced it would ceaseto publish matric exam results on any media public platforms, in order to comply with the prescripts of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), a decision that’s received mixed reaction from the public.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the department urged learners that wrote the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams to register online to access their examination results.
It states: “Candidates will have to go through a two-step verification process before receiving confirmation of their registration. A 13-digit ID number and the examination number will be required for registration.
“The DBE website is zero-rated, which means it can be accessed whether you have data or not.”
It noted that registration is now open.
According to the department charged with SA’s basic education, more than 10 000 people had successfully registered on the site by lunch time on Sunday (16 January).
In the statement, the DBE also reveals it’s received representations from a vast array of organisations and individuals following the decision to stop the practice of publishing the NSC examination results. In addition, there is an urgent court application on the matter, it states.
Eyewitness News reports that lobby group AfriForum, Maroela Media and Anlé Spies, a 2021 matriculant, brought the court application on the matter.
Furthermore, the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has decried the department’s decision, saying it’s not only unfortunate, but also came as a surprise, as there was no prior warning or consultation with media houses.
SANEF goes on to say the decision has negative financial implications for media companies – which had already, for instance, procured additional printing paper and created the architecture for data sets to be able to publish the results in print and digital form.
The DBE explains: “In handling the matter, the department is guided by the need to comply with all the legal obligations, but in the final analysis, the Constitution commands the DBE to act in the best interest of the learner.
“In a quest to strike this delicate balance of complying with POPIA and act in the best interest of the learner, the department has been engaged with a number of role players, including the Information Regulator and SANEF.
“In view of the latest developments with regards to the release of the 2021 matric results and the impending litigation, the department has decided it will abide by the decision of the court. The department has communicated its position to stakeholders it has engaged, including SANEF and other parties.”
Following news of the DBE’s decision, the Information Regulator sought to clarify how POPIA impacts the publishing of matric results.
The Information Regulator is empowered to monitor and enforce compliance by public and private bodies with the provisions of South Africa’s data privacy law, POPIA.
Speaking on SABC’s SAfm, Information Regulator chairperson advocate Pansy Tlakula said the DBE has a legitimate reason for publishing matric results through various media platforms in order to make those results accessible.
However, if it decides to do that, it must ensure it complies with POPIA. The media platforms must also ensure they comply with the Act, she explained.
“This requires training in advance; it’s not something that they can do two weeks before publishing those results. For instance, the planning will require them to decide which personal information they share with the media – is it necessary to share ID numbers of learners with the media that, in my view, constitutes over-processing of personal information.
“If they want to disseminate the results through media platforms, they must inform all the learners and all the parents of their intention to make matric results available in various media platforms. They must inform them on which media platforms those results will be made available and how the results can be accessed.
“In addition, the department must give the learners and the parents the right to object to the publication of their results in the media and the objections should be considered before publishing the results.”