A national senior certificate is the first step to a fulfilling career and a comprehensive range of further education opportunities. But, failing subjects may halt any plans you have for your future.
Thankfully, you can overcome a less than stellar matric result by deciding to rewrite your matric subjects.
There are two ways to register to rewrite your matric subjects in 2021. You can decide to register to participate in exams through the Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance Programme, or you can register through a private institution.
The Department of Basic Education’s programme is free to attend and register. However, if you choose to use a private institution, you will need to pay a course fee per subject you are rewriting, in addition to registration fees, which can be as much as R1,000 depending on the institution. However, the benefit of using a private programme is that you have access to rewrite a variety of subjects that are not available through the Second Chance Programme.
If you decide to enrol in Second Chances, you can apply online through the eServices platform during the registration period.
Keep in mind, the Department of Basic Education only offers the following subjects to rewrite:
- Agricultural Science
- Business Studies
- English FAL
- Mathematic Literacy
- Physical Sciences
- Life Sciences
There are many reasons you should consider rewriting your matric or supplementary examinations, which include:
- Qualify for bursaries that need you to have specific subjects with
- Get more opportunities in the workforce because you have better results.
- Be eligible to study the programmes at the university or college you want to attend
- Guarantee a more financially stable future for yourself
To rewrite your matric subjects, you should meet one of the following requirements
- Need to pass only two subjects to receive your National Senior Certificate.
- Have been unable to participate in the NSC examination because of medical or other special circumstances.
- Provide proof that you qualify for further studying or job opportunities if you have better results.
You will also need:
- A Valid South African ID
- A Valid Cell Phone Number and Email Address
- Supporting Documentation like a certified copy of your ID and proof for job opportunities.
The Department of Basic Education usually opens applications between the beginning of November and the end of March each year, giving students ample time to prepare for the supplementary exams in June the following year.
If you want to write your matric supplementary exams in 2021, the application closes on 31 March 2021.
If you want to rewrite in 2022, the application process has not been opened yet.
If you want to register to rewrite your matric exams through the Second Chances programme, you can find out more information about the programme and what is required by contacting 063 696 7246 on WhatsApp or emailing SecondChance@dbe.gov.za.