The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has expressed surprise at the Department of Basic Education’s last-minute decision – without consultation – to end the publication of matric results in the media.
Sanef Said on Friday that the lack of advice from the department is not only regrettable, but also has negative financial implications for media companies, which, for example, have already procured additional printing paper and created the architecture for datasets to be able to publish the results in digital and print format.
“This comes at a time when media companies are facing a financial crisis as a result of Covid-19. Therefore, we would have preferred the department to deal with the release of the 2021 matriculation results beforehand.”
The department made the announcement Tuesday in a statement, citing the Protection of Personal Data (Popi) Act and urged the media not to release the 2021 matric results – due to be released next week.
“Not allowing media houses to release the 2021 matric results is not only unfortunate but also came as a surprise to Sanef , as there was no prior warning or consultation. It must be made clear that we welcome and fully support the proposal and the intentions of the law – to ensure the protection of individuals’ personal data,” said Sanef.
The department was said to have none either lost any insight into how the publication of results with individual student numbers would adversely affect learners.
“Sanef has written to express his displeasure to the department and remains hopeful that the matter can still be resolved amicably – before the results are published.”