2023 Matric Exam Results To Be Released on 18 January 2024, South Africans Confused

2023 Matric Exam Results To Be Released on 18 January 2024, South Africans Confused

  • The Department of Education revealed that the matric results will be released on 18 January
  • The department's spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, explained that the papers were all marked in the week leading to Christmas
  • South Africans were confused as to why the results would be released so late

Tebogo Mokwena, a dedicated Briefly News current affairs journalist, contributed coverage of social issues in South Africa during his seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News.

South Africans are baffled that the matric results will be released in mid-January
South Africans don't understand why the matric results will be released mid-January. Images: Rafa Fernandez Torres and Rob Lewine
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South Africans don't understand why matric results will be released on 18 January. The Department of Basic Education revealed that the results will be made available in the middle of January.

Results will be released in mid-January

According to spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga, the capturing of the marks ended a week ago, and the department is collecting data from the marking centres. eNCA revealed that the department will then meet with Umalusi to ensure no mistakes in marking and capturing results are accurate. He added that the Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga, will release the results on 18 January.

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Netizens don't understand why the delay

South Africans on Facebook struggled to understand why the Department of Education will release the matric results this late.

Phenduka Esihle Busi said:

“Universities’ registrations will begin on the 10th of January. We are led by domkops.”

Wayne Mostert added:

“Before the ANC took over, matric exam papers were marked after each paper was written, and the final results were published by Christmas Eve by the latest.”

Louse Bouwer was perplexed:

“Why the long wait? The last papers were written end of November! Poor matrics that have to wait.”

Heino Denton pointed out:

“Why must the poor matrics wait so long for their results? In the past, I got m results before the new year even started.”

Jonathan Ryan blamed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

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“BEE working its magic again. Never mind the youth have a 58% unemployment rate in SA, this probably takes it to 70% unemployment as most companies start in a week. How do we employ new minds when they don’t have a matric certificate to show results?”

Paige Elizabeth Fisher observed:

“That is so late! I got my results on January 1st.”

Mother buys son university essentials before results are out

Similarly, Briefly News reported that a woman who had faith in her son's performance during the matric exams bought him university essentials before the results were released.

The young man posted a tikTok video of what his mother bought, such as pillows and clothing hangers. His mom also bought him new clothes and kitchenware. South Africans were moved by the woman's faith and prayed that they had the same faith.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za