The NSC June 2021 supplementary exams: all you need to know

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"We are saying now we need people to have more time to prepare for exams," Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga,
"We are saying now we need people to have more time to prepare for exams," Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga,

In 2018, the Department of Basic Education announced a new approach to the supplementary exams, doing away with the usual February/March dates in favour of a later starting date in May/June.

“You'd receive your results in January and you'd write in February. Which means the circumstances that led you to failing are still the same. So we are saying now we need people to have more time to prepare for exams," explained Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga in an interview at the time.


Also see: 7 ways to access your matric results

An additional change made was the number of subjects a candidate would be allowed to rewrite. Shifting from the previous maximum of just two subjects, candidates are now allowed to rewrite as many subjects as they need. This includes subjects failed, as well as subjects candidates would like to improve on. 

Concluded last year on 15 December 2020 National Senior Certificate examination results will be released 22 February 2021, and candidates can register to find their results online from the News24 Matric Results website

Those wishing to apply for the NSC June supplementary examinations must register before the closing date, 31 March 2021. Visit the Department of Basic Education for more details on how to register.

To qualify for the NSC June 2021 exams, the following conditions apply:

  • Candidates are only allowed to rewrite subjects they had previously registered for in the November/December 2020 examination.
  • Candidates wanting to improve results achieved in the November/December 2020 examination in either a particular subject or their overall aggregate may register for the NSC June 2021 examination. If you registered as a multiple examinations opportunity (MEO) candidate you will have to complete outstanding subjects in the NSC June 2021 examination.
  • Candidates with valid reasons for absenteeism (e.g. a medical condition, the death of an immediate family member, or other special circumstances) from one or more of the November/December 2020 examinations will be allowed to register for the NSC June 2021 examination. These candidates will be able to choose between writing just the unwritten exam or all examination question papers. 
  • The NSC June 2021 examination is also open to candidates who could not write one or more of the final 2020 exams for reasons not listed above. A written statement from the applicant's principal will be required by the Head of the assessment body. According to the Department of Basic Education, the Head of the assessment body could be either "the Director-General of the Department of Basic Education, the Head of a Provincial Education Department or the Head of an independent assessment body." 
  • Candidates whose November/December 2020 examination results are under investigation will be allowed to enrol for the NSC June 2021 examination on a provisional basis. Whether these candidates will be allowed to write will depend on the results of the investigation.

Required documentation: 

  • State of your results.
  • Certified copy of ID or passport. 
  • If applicable, a written statement with reasons for absenteeism during November/December 2020 examination along with supporting documentation. 

What if I don't qualify? 

According to the department, if you do not qualify for the 2021 supplementary exams, you may: 

Here are more details about your options if you're disappointed with your matric results.

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