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Publication of matric results questioned

2011-09-28 17:10

Johannesburg - The practice of publishing matric exam results in newspapers will be reconsidered next week, the basic education department said on Wednesday.

"The original reason for this practice is to assist learners who are on vacation... and are unable to get to their respective schools to collect their results," spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said in a statement.

He said the media was required to respect an embargo on the results, but did not always do so.

The reason for the embargo was to make sure pupils who could get to their schools did so before the results were published. In the past, certain newspapers had broken the embargo by publishing the results prematurely.

Members of the public had raised concerns that the publication of results in the media could have a negative emotional impact on those students who had failed.

The department had scheduled a meeting for Tuesday and Wednesday next week at which representatives from the provinces could debate the issue.

A recommendation would then be made to the director general and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

"Any practice that places the lives of our valuable charges at risk will be reviewed," Lesufi said.

Comments
  • Gooofy - 2011-09-28 17:26

    Just publish the flippin results .. we all went through this in the past. Work hard so that your name is published. If your name aint there then u deserve to be ridiculed because the current passing criteria is so low. I do agree that correct data should be published though.

      Banned - 2011-09-28 19:45

      I think they looking forward to a another year of increasing failures, without the excuses of teachers strikes and world cups to blame, they don't want to put in writing why the rate went up this year until they've had a chance to get their spin doctors to make up stories.

      ABCD WXYZ - 2011-09-29 16:58

      I personally believe that the matric results should not be published. I am a high school teacher and have marked papers for several years too. I am familiar with what is needed to pass matric and how to get the required concessions. I am also the mother of a disabled child. He did pass matric, last year, probably because I knew where to find past exam papers and how to coach. We were expecting a fail. He spent 8 years in speech therapy, learning to talk English – our home language. He had to pass a Home language and a Second language – our biggest obstacles. He is blind in one eye and can’t write. This “matric” was a huge task. We started working though past papers from early Grade 11. Children like these really struggle to pass matric. They work extremely hard and most do not have mothers with my experience. They do not want to “publically” fail matric – life is generally tough for them and they fail at many things. Please consider those that do face real obstacles, they are a big suicide risk.

  • TRiP - 2011-09-28 17:26

    Why publish the results, it's technically impossible to fail matric nowadays... unless you're as thick as a brick.

      Servaas - 2011-09-28 17:30

      Or your name is Juli-arse!

  • Ano Nymous - 2011-09-28 17:32

    "...negative emotional impact on those students who had failed". The negative impact is due to the failure not the publication of the fact. How long do they plan to hide their failure, anyway? Until they feel better?

  • droplet - 2011-09-28 17:40

    what do the matric results have to do with the minister of basic education? her portfolio is up to grade 9!

  • The Wonderer - 2011-09-28 17:46

    What a load of nonsense!! No-one EVER had any problem with it being published in the past, why now & for what reason?? Next thing you know it's classified information under the protection of information bill.

      Swart_Baas - 2011-09-28 18:53

      hahahaha!

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-29 00:23

      I feel matriculants deserve privacy. Why should you have access to somebody's academic information? It is unheard of and high time that this unethical practice is stopped. Not to mention the mind-bogglingly boring articles about Mev Dominee's child with 16 distinctions (since everything but Patpatrollie is a matric subject these days).

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-09-28 17:49

    Just another way to hide the none existing education system

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-28 17:50

    People that won't pass won't be able to read the newspapers anyway, I don't see why this is a problem.

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-28 17:50

    People that won't pass won't be able to read the newspapers anyway, I don't see why this is a problem.

      semaj - 2011-09-28 18:15

      people who "pass" will probably not be able to read either. When I was in matric, in the previous century, results were published. Those who had failed, took it on the chin and braved it out, it seems the modern youth is simply too fragile to accept that there are some who are brighter than others, as is the normal expectation in life. Another product of "we are all equal, except for the the minorities"

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-28 17:50

    People that won't pass won't be able to read the newspapers anyway, I don't see why this is a problem.

  • MK007 - 2011-09-28 17:50

    I agree, rather send them an sms or an email.....

      shoes.tsipane - 2011-11-25 12:11

      We dont have Phones or internet access

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-28 19:40

    Whether the results are published or not, if you've failed you've failed, regardless of who tells you.

  • keng - 2011-09-28 19:53

    Maybe I'm old fashioned but I would have thought that publishing names would have motivated more people to work harder. But as I said I'm old fashioned what do I know.

  • Patrick - 2011-09-28 20:12

    There is no problem with publishing them - just let the schools release them first!

  • ABCD WXYZ - 2011-09-28 20:53

    I personally believe that the matric results should not be published. I am a high school teacher and have marked papers for several years too. I am familiar with what is needed to pass matric and how to get the required concessions. I am also the mother of a disabled child. He did pass matric, last year, probably because I knew where to find past exam papers and how to coach. We were expecting a fail. He spent 8 years in speech therapy, learning to talk English – our home language. He had to pass a Home language and a Second language – our biggest obstacles. He is blind in one eye and can’t write. This “matric” was a huge task. We started working though past papers from early Grade 11. Children like these really struggle to pass matric. They work extremely hard and most do not have mothers with my experience. They do not want to “publically” fail matric – life is generally tough for them and they fail at many things. Please consider those that do face real obstacles, they are a big suicide risk.

  • Allieo - 2011-09-29 00:17

    OMG!!! This is so funny. They should know by now that this will not impact their positions. The ANC rewards people who under perform and they will collectively be able to under-educate many more generations to come. Oh OH Oh I get it now, so they deliver bad education, but at least when the kid fails it wont be published, very thoughtful I would say......you know like we are setting you up for failure but hey its ok no one will know....Problem solved !!!!!! Thank you ANC!!!!

  • avoomu - 2011-09-29 04:49

    The only reason that the ANC does not want the matric results published is: The deminishing pass rate is there for all to see. Do not be surprised if the ANC does away with schooling altogether and every (black) child gets a matric certificate with their birth certificate!

  • Wragtag - 2011-09-29 07:47

    Shame. All the reasons in the World not to stick to dead lines and to hide sloppy work. Commentor

  • shoes.tsipane - 2011-11-25 12:04

    We all went through this, i think its a motivation itself, every1 want to see his/her name to the newspaper. Just let the Newspaper publish those result

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