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Candidates, who do not perform well in the NSC examination, have the following options:

Did not pass you matric, what’s next? Not performing well in the National Senior Certificate examinations or not getting the results that one might have expected must not mark the end of the road for a candidate and must not be regarded as such. Candidates have the following options depending on how they performed:

  • Apply for the May/June Supplementary exams

Please NOTE that the February/March has been phased out and is no longer available.

Also please take note of the 31 January closing date for application for the new examination Supplementary which is available during the May/June period.
This gives opportunity to candidates to improve their results or complete outstanding results.

More information and guide lines is available on the Ministry of Basic Education this website. Please Click on link to proceed to the website.

  • Re-enrol for the NSC as a full-time repeater candidate

Provided the candidate is below 21 years of age, they must without delay Re-enrol for the National Senior Certificate as a full-time repeater candidate at the school.

They may also register as a part-time repeater candidate at a Public Adult Education Centre.

Register for Senior Certificate (SC) examination which is a school leaving certificate for adults and out of school learners if the validity of their SBA has expired.

  • Register for vocational education and training.

Another option for candidates that did not perform well in their examinations is to enrol with a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges for vocational education and training.

There are 50 colleges across all provinces of South Africa with over 300 campuses or teaching sites. Please follow the link to view the contact details of all the 50 Public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges

The outcome of the 2019 National Senior Certificate examinations will be announced examinations on Tuesday 07 January 2020 by the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga.

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Candidates are urged to get their statements of results from their school/centre where they wrote the exams. Candidates’ partial results are available on the Ministry of Basic Education this website. Please Click on link to proceed to the website.

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