- Thuli Madonsela thinks publishing matric results 2022 on digital patforms is not a good idea
- She cites Mental health and privacy concers for leaners in Grade 12
- Court ruled that matric results 2022 be published online
- Court agrees with Afriforum onfinancial applications of businesses if matric results are not published on digital platforms
The Basic Education Department has been ordered by the Pretoria High court to publish the matric results on all public platforms. This comes after Afriforum sought to review the decision on an urgent basis.
The publication of matric exams on media platforms was drawn into the spotlight after the Department of Basic Education (DBE) made a decision to halt the practice, saying it would violate the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia). However, the court stood with the side of Afriforum citing the financial applications for businesses that had invested in systems to publish the matric results.
Following the court’s ruling decision, former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, questioned the decision by the court, saying privacy and mental health for learners are more important than the financial gains sought by businesses on matric results.
“I’m uncertain that publishing Matric results is good, fair and just to the matriculants whose privacy and mental health are more important than the entertainment and financial gain that accrues from publishing results,” tweeted Thuli Madonsela.
“If publishing Matric results is about transparency and public accountability for tracking the performance of our education system, then we can publish the data without the names or student numbers of learners,” she added.
Madonsela added that she will pen a full article on why she thinks the idea of publishing matric results is bad for learners.