According to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), preparations are still on track for the official release of results by Minister Angie Motshekga on 19 January 2023.
The results for the Class of 2022 are currently being processed and candidates will be able to collect their results from exam centres on 20 January 2023.
“When the results are released, we urge [learners] to collect their results at the centre where [they] sat for the 2022 National Senior Certificate examinations,” said the department.
The 2022 final exams were a record number with 923 460 learners comprising of full-time and part-time registering who sat for the examinations.
The department had over 100 marking centres and it took markers 10 days to complete marking the exam scripts.
In previous years, the matric results would be released either in late December or early January, therefore many have questioned why the results are being released so late.
Responding to concerns, Umalusi, South Africa’s education quality assurance body, says this is due to the pandemic, adding that the matric school curriculum shifted dates slightly and examinations started later than usual.
Umalusi CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi, says that the body has been pleading that the results are not released early in order to allow the organisation to analyse the marks meticulously without being rushed.
Rakometsi says they have engaged with various universities and stakeholders with regards to the late release in order to accommodate students wanting to apply and register at higher education institutions.
“This does not disturb anything, it is just important that all the institutions that are involved in this exercise agree on what to do,” adds Rakometsi
He says that the organisation is currently finalizing the standardisation process of the results and will host a press briefing on the 16 January 2023 to certify the results before Minister Motshekga makes the official announcement.