Court dismisses application to force the Education Dept to release matric results

Reading Time: < 1 minute

The High Court in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape has dismissed the application by parents of learners at Cibeni Senior Secondary in Port St Johns to force the Education Department to release last year’s Grade 12 results.

More than 400 learners who sat for final examinations at the school had their results withheld on suspicion of cheating during exams.

The parents and the School Governing Body took the department to court, accusing it of violating the learners’ rights to further their studies.

The parents, through their legal representative, have expressed their intention to seek leave to appeal the court ruling.

In 2020, the Eastern Cape Department of Education decided to withhold hundreds of Matric results, accusing the learners from six provincial schools of cheating: