Union Says Publishing Matric Results Puts Business Over Mental Health

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Matric Results will be published on media platforms after courts ruled against the Education Department’s decision not publish the results publicly. 


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Matric Results will be published on media platforms after courts ruled against the Education Department’s decision not publish the results publicly.

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) says the decision taken by AfriForum to approach the courts to challenge the Department of Basic Education's (DBE) decision prioritises the business interests of media houses over the mental health of students.

Sadtu said, ‘The publishing of the results only brings extra monetary value to the media houses that see it as some kind of a money making bonanza’.

The union adds that having results being published in newspapers puts matriculants under undue pressure. This is only compounded by the fact that learners' time in the classroom was severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

They also called on the DBE to implement policies that will bring benefits to the sector and the learners. This includes permanently ending the publishing of Matric results.

‘After consultation in terms of the National Education Policy Act, the minister must pronounce on the discontinuation of publishing the matric results for the coming years and the courts’ responsibilities must be to interpret the laws and not to co-govern with those who are elected to govern’ concluded Sadtu.

Maroela Media executive director, Susan Lombaard says it is too late to sell advertising space after yesterday’s decision. She adds that the commercial value has declined over the past few years.

She said, “there's quite a lot of free online platforms where matrics can get the results so the days of newspapers selling hundreds and thousands of rounds of advertising space in the matric result edition, it's not like that anymore I think it's quite the contrary. I think this is a service that the media wants to deliver to the community”.

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