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The publication of matric results on public platforms will be cancelled as a measure to protect individual privacy, however there are mixed reactions.

With the pending release of matric results due on 21 January 2022, previously made available by the requirement of student identification through the use of an ID number, the method of publishing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results on public and online platforms is coming to an end.

This new way doing things is brought about in order to comply with provisions for POPIA.

Students will receive their matric results in a number of different ways namely; accessing results online via the Department of Basic Education website, SMS, USSD, GPG Matric app and newspaper.

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While some have welcomed the new changes to be implemented, others are on the opposite end of the spectrum regarding the matter.

 ” In the previous years we had incidents where there were errors where some children don’t see their names and end up depressed and committing suicide”

Vee Gani: Chairperson of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Parents Association

Education activist Hendrick Makeneta said that while it was good that the individual information of learners was being protected, the department had already put measures in place to do so by changing from the publishing of names to exam numbers instead. He also warned that the Department of Basic Education may be using the POPI Act as a means of avoiding accountability.

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By Tshegofatso Ursula Makuwe

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