New Era says sorry for premature release of exam results

The state-owned newspaper New Era has apologised to the government for releasing school examination results earlier than was agreed.

“We take full responsibility for this lapse in judgement and deeply regret any inconvenience or concern that our mistake may have caused to the education ministry, learners and their families. It was not our intention to compromise the fairness and security of the examination system,” the newspaper said in an apology issued on Wednesday afternoon.

The apology was issued after Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture executive director Sanet Steenkamp spoke out strongly against the leaking of 2023’s grade 11 and 12 examination results, which were released on Wednesday.

She reminded New Era of the legal repercussions of the premature release.

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