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Proposal to stop publication of matric results

A report on the quality of the matric certificate has been handed to Angie Motshekga.

FILE: A pupil holds his matric report card on 3 January, 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Basic Education says a proposal to abolish the publishing of matriculants' names in newspapers will be discussed with MEC's next month.

A report on the quality of the matric certificate was recently handed to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The proposal forms part of a 188-page document.

Motshekga established the ministerial task team following widespread criticism that the quality of the matric senior certificate has deteriorated.

In some subjects, grade 12's only need 30 percent to pass.

The department's Troy Martens says, "Motshekga has received the report and is busy with it. It will be discussed at the next CEM meeting in September."

One expert however, disagrees with the proposal.

At the same time, education expert Christo van der Rheede says Grade 12's who fail are embarrassed either way.

"The non-publishing of results is no guarantee that it will not lead to embarrassment. If you fail, it is an embarrassment whether your name is in the newspaper or not."