Publication of matric results questioned
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.