Stop newspaper matric results - Cosas

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Durban - About 30 pupils protested outside the education department's offices in Durban on Thursday to demand an end to matric results being published in newspapers.

The group, which included pupils who had written matric this year, as well as some who had written in previous years, carried placards, some of which read: “Publish Angie's Salary”, “Reshuffle Angie”, and “To Hell With the Publication of Matrix Results”. They were referring to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The protest was organised by the Congress of SA Students.

Cosas provincial chairman Goodman Machi said the organisation believed the publication of results violated pupils' rights to privacy.

“You don't want anyone to know your results without your permission as a learner.”

He said the basic education department had never consulted pupils about the publication of their results.

Machi said Cosas had hoped for more pupils to join the protest, but the organisation had had difficulties transporting its members to the venue, outside the department's Truro House offices in the city centre. They intended handing a memorandum on the issue to a senior education department official.

Cosas further wanted the department to address teenage pregnancies, transport for pupils, and security at schools. - Sapa


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