Options to consider if you didn't do well in matric

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South African matriculants received their results on Tuesday, and according to the Department of Basic Education, the national pass rate dropped by 5.1% as compared to the results from 2019.

This drop was mostly because of the difficulties that learners faced in 2020 such as the cutting down of teaching and learning time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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For those who failed the year or did not perform well, feeling hopeless is common. However, failing matric is not the end of the world and there are options available to continue with your academic career.

Here are 4 options to consider if you did not do well in matric.

1.       Check if you qualify to write supplementary exams

Learners can rewrite up to two subjects if that’s all they need to get their matric certificate. It is best to consult with the school as quickly as possible. Supplementary exams can also be written by learners who weren’t able to write the exam because of being sick, were grieving a family member or any other valid reason.

In such cases, you should provide a medical certificate or a death certificate before you are allowed to write the supplementary exam.

2.       Repeat the year

If you don’t qualify to write the supplementary exams and you really want to get a National Senior Certificate then you will have to repeat the year. Think about how you want to do this, you can either return to your high school or enroll full or part time in a school focused on either matric or the last few years of schooling.

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3.       Consider another higher education institution

Examine other options out there such as FET colleges or TVET colleges where you can study alternative courses that will give you a NQF 4 qualification, which is equivalent to a matric certificate’s NQF level.

4.       Speak to someone trustworthy

If you’re feeling completely negative and hopeless about the situation, speak to someone you can trust for motivation or contact the South African Depression and Anxiety group to speak to a professional. The helpline is available for 24 hours – 0800 456 789.

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