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DBE Heading To Court Over Decision To Not Publish

The Department of Basic Education is now facing a legal challenge over its decision not to publish the latest matric results on public platforms such as newspapers. Last week, the department wrote a letter to media houses informing them that the move was in line with the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), which came into effect in July last year.

Three different organisations, including Afriforum, have approached the courts to reverse the decision which will undoubtedly have a considerable impact financially on media houses. Each year, hundreds of pages containing the results are printed and distributed in different newspapers and published online.

The format of the results was changed in recent years to exclude the names of matriculants – only their exam numbers were listed to protect their privacy.  In the letter to media houses, the department said that students would have to obtain their statement of results from their schools directly to protect their personal information.

Law experts however have already disputed the department’s interpretation of the Protection of Personal Information Act, explaining that while we have the right to privacy in terms of the Constitution, this does not prohibit the publication of personal information.

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