In accordance with the recently enacted Protection of Personal Information Act, the Department of Basic Education has declared that matric exam results would no longer be released on media outlets (POPIA).
The government stated in a statement that disclosing personal information online would be a violation of the Act. It verified that matric results will be released on January 21, 2022, and that schools will still be able to obtain them.
The matric results have traditionally been made generally available, with students identified by their ID numbers.
"The typical practice of posting the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results on public platforms (media platforms) will not occur for 2021 in order to comply with the provisions of the POPIA," it added.
All students will be obliged to acquire their statement of results from the schools they attended, as was the case in past years. Every learner's personal information about the results of their National Senior Certificate exam would be protected in this way."
Education experts have already predicted that matriculants' tough circumstances will lead to a reduction in grades. The overall matric pass rate in 2020 was 76.2 percent, a significant decrease from the previous year's 81.3 percent. In 2018, it was even worse at 78.2 percent.
Basil Manuel, managing director of education union Naptosa, told Afrikaans newspaper Rapport that a higher matric pass rate in 2021 was highly doubtful, and that the best one could aspire for was a higher pass rate in 2020.
A total of 733,746 full-time students have enrolled to take the NSC exam in 2021, making it the largest full-time cohort in recent years. There are now a total of 123,487 full-time candidates and 46,942 part-time candidates that have enrolled to take the exam.
Of the 700,604 applicants that enrolled for the exam, 700,604 took it, representing the lowest rate of "no shows" (4.5 percent) in recent years.
Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is anticipated to publish national matric results for pupils in public schools on January 20, 2021, with individual results available online at schools and electronically on January 21, 2021.
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