What do I do about my disappointing matric results?

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Not achieving the desired result or even failing is no reason for dashed hopes. (Getty Images)
Not achieving the desired result or even failing is no reason for dashed hopes. (Getty Images)

The matric results are in, and we're sure that many parents and their children will be celebrating success after all the hard work. 

Still not everyone will have obtained the outcome they had hoped for and many may feel a sense of disappointment

Even so, not achieving the desired result or even failing is no reason for dashed hopes, as the options for improvement are far from few. 

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Here's a look at where to turn if you want to improve your results or redo your matric year. 

Also read: The end of the road?' How to cope with disappointing matric results

Remarking and rechecking

If you're not convinced that the results you received were deserving of what you put down on paper during the November exams, you can opt for a remark or a recheck. 

Registration for either can be done at your school, a district office near you or online. Visit for details on how to register online. 

There are fees to note: 

  • Remark: R104.00 
  • Recheck: R25

The closing date for applications is 4 February 2022. 

According to the Department of Basic Education's (DBE) website, a candidate may also view their transcripts. 

"Viewing of scripts may only be done after a re-mark or re-check of results. The closing date for applications is 7 days after release of re-marked or re-check results. The fee for viewing is R200.00". 

Apply to write the June NSC supplementary exams 

If you'd like a proper do-over, you can register for the May/June supplementary examinations. 

The DBE notes that matriculants may only rewrite the subjects they were registered for during the previous year-end examination.

According to the DBE, matriculants who qualify for the supplementary exam include: 

  • Candidates aiming to improve their overall mark or achievement for a specific subject. 
  • Candidates who were unable to write due to illness, a death in the family or for any other valid reason ("provided that a written report is submitted by the principal of the school to the Head of the assessment body") 
  • Candidates involved in an irregularity investigation (provisional enrolment for NSC June examination may be granted... pending the outcome of the investigation").

The closing date for registration for the June NSC examination is 15 February 2022.

Re-enrol for the NSC 

If you're younger than 21, you may re-enrol at a school as a full-time repeater candidate or on a part-time basis with a Public Adult Education Centre.

If you're older than 21, you could opt to apply for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination. If successful, you'll qualify for a Matriculation Endorsement or Bachelor's Pass and will then be able to apply to any university. 

The Second Chance programme

As the name suggests, this government-sponsored programme supports those hoping to redo the final year. 

The programme aims to provide free support to: 

  • learners who need to rewrite a maximum of 2 subjects; 
  • progressed learners – those who wrote 3 or more subjects in November and will complete the rest in June.

Find more details on the Second Chance programme here

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I didn't fail, but I didn't pass with flying colours. What are my options?

A bridging course

With this option, you'd be able to apply to a short certificate or diploma programme at a higher education institute to qualify for a pre-degree or diploma foundation. 

Which bridging course you apply to will depend on what degree or qualification you're aiming for, so it's essential to get in touch with an institute to discuss your options. 

Extended degree programmes

As the name suggests, these are special programmes where a degree is extended, adding up to a year to the usual study time. This means alternative admission requirements and, if accepted, a more manageable workload. 

This option requires some research to find out which universities offer the kind of extended degree programme best for you. 


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