AND so begins the annual anxious wait for matric results.The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) results were released to the public on Tuesday and public schools’ results a day later. All examinations came to an end on November 28, and the Minister of Basic Education (DBE) Angie Motshekga will announce the overall performance on Wednesday. But what are the options for those who have fallen short of what they were expecting? Re-marking and re-checking The DBE charges R112 and R27 for a re-mark and re-check, respectively. This can be applied for at the provincial or district Department of Education office. The closing date for this is January 22. A pupil can apply to view their scripts after a re-mark or re-check for R219. This can only be applied for up to seven days after the release of the new results. Take supplementary exams A pupil can apply to take a set of supplementary examinations which will be written between May and June. The closing date for this application is January 31.A candidate can only register to take subjects they had written the previous year. Those wanting to improve their overall marks for all or some subjects can apply to take this year’s June examinations. If you don’t qualify to write the June exams You can re-enrol to repeat the year, as long as you are younger than 21 years old. You can also register as a part-time repeater at a Public Adult Education Centre or register for a Senior Certificate (SC) exam which is set for adult and out-of-school pupils. Pupils can also apply to continue studies at a Further Education and Training (FET) College which offers vocational learning options. The Independent Institute of Education stressed that performance in matric does not define a person’s life, and there are opportunities to recover. “Anxious parents and guardians need to take a step back and ensure that their concern over what may come doesn’t escalate tension in the house,” the Institute’s Nola Payne said. “Ultimately, by looking at your results, and objectively and dispassionately considering the best course of action from there — whether the results were super or super disappointing — you can ensure that you reach your potential,” she said.Payne also advised pupils who did not achieve what they expected to enrol for a higher certificate qualification as a bridge to studying a degree. They can also enrol for a diploma in that field of study. “So while waiting for results day to arrive, take the time to consider your options and understand that no matter what happens, you can and — with renewed commitment — will be able to get back on track on the path of success,” Payne said.THE matric certificate may be seen as the one that makes or breaks your working life, but the new job market requires people to constantly be learning, the Independent Institute of Education said, adding that pursuing as far as post-graduate qualifications was almost essential today. “As New Year’s resolutions go, choosing to go the extra mile on your educational journey is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself — one that will pay dividends well exceeding your investment,” the institute said. Job candidates needed to understand that learning was now a lifelong skill since job markets were rapidly changing. It was essential, he said, to keep upskilling. “Options include a postgraduate diploma, which will increase their ability to focus and diversify their skillset, or an honours degree, for those who want to increase their academic depth in their field. Both these options will enable you to pursue a master’s degree or a PhD down the line,” the institute said. — WWR.