Jan 25, 2022

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Media told not to publish 2021 matric results over POPI Act concerns

The media are no longer allowed to publish high school results, the Department of Basic Education said.

In a message to the media houses this week, the department’s communications director, Elijah Mhlanga, cited the Personal Data Protection Act (POPIA) as Justification for the decision.

“The Ministry recognizes that Article 14 of the Constitution … provides for the right to privacy for everyone. This right to privacy includes a right to protection from the unlawful collection, storage, dissemination and use of personal data.

“In order to comply with the POPIA, the common practice is to publish the National Seniors Certificate Results (NSC ) will not appear on public platforms (media platforms) in 2021, ”said the announcement from January 10th.

The POPI law came into force in the middle of last year.

The matriculation results to be released on January 21st.

TimesLIVE assumes that media houses examined the department’s statement from a legal point of view on Tuesday in order to formulate an answer.

According to the Ministry of Education, the results of the students are made available by their schools.

“In this way the personal data of all learners are protected in relation to the result of their national final exams” read the notice.