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Cosas to meet dept over publishing of matric results

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“Who gave the department the authority to give out exam numbers without consulting parents and pupils? This publishing of results must come to an end.”

THE DEPARTMENT of Basic Education has welcomed the invitation to meet the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) to discuss the printing of matric results in newspapers.

This was after the congress said it would intensify its call to the department to stop publishing results in newspapers.

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department would meet Cosas to discuss this issue.

“We will engage them on the matter. We will listen to what they have to say and see how we can best move forward after we have deliberated on the matter. Several years ago, we entered into a compromise where we no longer printed the names of pupils, just their exam numbers,” Mhlanga said.

Cosas secretary-general Teboho Magafane said publishing results did not benefit pupils in any way.

“How many pupils have committed suicide because of mistakes, but they have passed? From Grade 1 to 11 we don’t have our results published – why must this be different when we are in matric?” Magafane asked.

“Who gave the department the authority to give out exam numbers without consulting parents and pupils? This publishing of results must come to an end.”

Magafane urged parents to support Cosas in its bid to stop results from being published.

A date for the meeting between Cosas and the department has been set for the first week of January, before the results-release day.

In a statement on the Cabinet Ordinary Meeting held at the Union Buildings, Pretoria on Friday, Cabinet thanked teachers, pupils and parents for working with government to ensure the successful conclusion of the 2019 NSC Examinations.

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the national results of the 2019 NSC on January 7, 2020. Individual results will be available at schools on January 8, 2020.