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Issue of matric results not being published heads to court.

The Department of Basic Education will not oppose an urgent court application challenging its decision to stop the practice of publishing matric results on media platforms.

The Department of Basic Education will not oppose an urgent court application challenging its decision to stop the practice of publishing matric results on media platforms.

Earlier this month, the department said it decided to stop publishing the National Senior Certificate results on media platforms. The department said it had received representations from an array of organisations and people as well as an urgent court application on the matter.

The department said it was guided by the need to comply with all the legal obligations, but in the final analysis, the Constitution commanded it to act in the best interest of pupils.

“In a quest to strike this delicate balance of complying with POPIA act in the best interest of the learner, the department has engaged with a number of role players, including the Information Regulator and the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).”

The department urges candidates to register on the DBE website to view their results when they become available. Candidates will have to go through a two-step verification process before receiving confirmation of their registration. A 13-digit ID number and the examination number will be required for registration.

About 10 000 people have successfully registered.

The matric results are expected to be released on 21 January.

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