Matric test results will not be published on media platforms

Matric test results will not be published on media platforms

On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Muchekga announced that the results of the Matric exams will no longer be published on public platforms.

The department cited the Personal Information Protection Act (PoPIA), 2013 (Law No. 04 of 2013), which came into effect on July 1, 2021, as the reason.

The minister said the oath recognizes that Article 14 of the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states that everyone has the right to privacy.

This right to privacy includes the right to be protected against unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal information, she said.

“In order to comply with the provisions of PoPIA, the usual practice of publishing the results of the National Senior Certificate Examinations on public platforms (media platforms) for the 2021 NSC exam results will not occur,” she said.

As in previous years, all learners will be required to obtain their statement of results from private schools.

The minister said this is to protect the personal information of each learner, in relation to the results of the 2021 NSC exams.

Second Chance Certificate Program

On Monday, Motshekga officially launched the Ministry’s Second Chance Program in Mpumalanga.

The minister said that the department will continue this campaign, which aims to encourage young people not to give up their dreams.

Registration for the 2022 Matric Rewriting Exams started on October 1, 2021, and will close on February 15, 2022. So, there is about a month to register for the Matric Rewriting. The minister said that the mid-year exams will start on May 9, 2022 and end on June 23, 2022.

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Security and safety in schools

DBE continues to implement its partnership protocol with the South African Police Service in enhancing safety and security in all schools.

This is achieved by ensuring that all schools are linked to their local police stations and a police officer is attached to each school, the minister said.

She explained that the partnership protocol contributes to the identification of problems of schools and the implementation of school safety programs.

The Basic Education Sector is leading a group of Deputy Ministers in launching the anti-bullying campaign, which was launched in Gauteng during May 2021.

“The campaign brings together the efforts of different government departments that contribute to eliminating and managing bullying incidents in schools, and educating communities about the different interventions available to address the problem of bullying,” Mochikja said.

Underage pregnancy

Muchekga expressed concern about recent statistics about pregnancy among young girls aged 10-19.

As such, the DBE has issued in the Official Gazette a Policy for the Prevention and Management of Female Student Pregnancy (EUP) in Schools.

“Through this policy, we are in constant communication with other sectors and parents to enhance the prevention of early and unintended pregnancies,” the minister said.

She said that interventions such as Let’s Talk EUP, implemented with the support of UNESCO, allow opening safe spaces for intergenerational dialogue about how the country, as a group, can best deal with the issue of underage and teenage pregnancy.

“Our commitment is to advance a comprehensive life-oriented sexuality education offering to ensure learners are empowered with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their health and sexuality, to prevent HIV infection and pregnancy, and to focus on their education,” she said.

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