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Failed matrics have a second chance

Jan 13, 2017
Failed matrics have a second chance

While most matriculants celebrated in grand style after passing the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, some sadly failed to get through.

A total of 800 000 learners sat down to write the exams, making it the largest group in South African history to ever write for the NSC. Out of the 800 000, only 150 000 learners obtained a bachelor’s pass that make them legible to apply to university, while a total of 18 schools in the country had a zero percent pass rate, adding to the thousands of matrics who failed the year.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga confirmed, “The Class of 2016 is the ninth cohort of learners to sit for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and third cohort to write CAPS-aligned NSC Examinations.  The Class of 2016 has recorded the highest enrolment of Grade 12 learners in the history of the basic education system in South Africa.”

“The total number of candidates, who registered for the November 2016 NSC examinations was 828 020; comprising 674 652 full-time candidates and 153 368 part-time candidates.  Of these candidates, 610 178 full-time candidates and 107 793 part-time candidates, wrote the 2016 NSC examinations,” she added.

Department of Education’s Elijah Mhlanga said the 27.5% of those who failed still have a chance through the specially designed Second Chance Matric Support Programme.

“The Second Chance Matric Support Programme aims to provide support to learners who have not been able to meet the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or the extended Senior Certificate (SC), thereby meeting the goals of the NDP and the sector thus increasing learner retention,” said Mhlanga.

“Learners who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to complete their school leaving qualification should contact their nearest Education District office before 15 March 2017 to register to write the November 2017 examinations,” he added.

Another option for students to improve their results or even rewrite matric is through private education institutions, FET and TVET colleges that offer convenient distance learning.

Damelin Correspondence College (DCC) for example, offers matrics a second chance to get it right and also gives them the freedom to earn an income instead of going back to school full time and repeating the grade.

The National Senior Certificate Rewrite is available for all 2016 matrics who have either failed or wish to improve their results in particular subjects. The Matric Rewrite can be tailor-made to suit any lifestyle with user friendly study material, access to qualified tutors who provide quick and quality feedback as well as personal attention should you need it.

DCC also offers the Senior Certificate Revised which is available for matriculants from any year who wish to complete their schooling career.

Completing matric is vital in today’s job market and will give you access to a world of opportunities. With over 40 years of experience in helping students with employment, DCC has become reputable as an education provider.