Unhappy with matric exam marks? Register for a “Second Chance”

  • The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is offering matrics who want to improve their end-year exam marks to register for the Second Chance Matric Programme.
  • Learners will be able to register to rewrite certain exams and take advantage of online learning support and other material offered by the programme.
  • Registrations for the Second Chance programme close on 8th February 2023.

With the new academic year poised to begin on Wednesday 11th January, the 2022 matric exam season is officially at its end. The final matric exams were written in early December last year and now former matrics are eagerly awaiting their exam marks before deciding what to do next.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says that matric exam results will be released nationwide for National Senior Certificate (NSC) learners on the 20th January 2022. Most matrics will be expecting good news.

But the department also offers the Second Chance Matric Programme, which allows some learners who do not meet the requirements to pass matric or want to improve their results to rewrite certain exams.

The programme covers both NCS and the extended Senior Certificate (SC) examinations.

Registration for this programme is set to close on 8th February 2023, according to the department, so it does give some time after the results are released to decide to register.

But not much, so if you’re expecting your end-year marks to not be what you wanted, you may want to begin preparing or looking into registration.

“The programme plays an important role in retaining learners beyond the formal schooling programme. Learners who are disappointed by their failure or poor performance at the end of their schooling career, are able to continue with their studies at their own pace,” says DBE minister Angie Motshekga, about the programme.

Those who register for the Second Chance programme can do so for the subjects they did poorest in during the matric exams, say Mathematics and English for example. The programme allows for the registration of “two or more subjects.”

Then, these learners will be able to take advantage of face-to-face centres to keep motivated as they prepare for second chance exams written in May/June or October/November.

Subjects that learners can register for include:

  • Accounting,
  • Agricultural Science,
  • Business Studies,
  • Economics,
  • English First Additional Language,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Mathematics,
  • Mathematic Literacy,
  • Physical Sciences,
  • and Life Sciences.

“The programme offers face-to-face support, online support and a wide range of learning support materials. The programme facilitates the development of learning and teaching support materials (LTSMs) that are based on diagnostic reports, so as to ensure that the support materials focus on common areas of poor performance emanating from previous examinations,” says the minister.

To register for the programme online go to or visit any DBE office with an ID document and statement of results.

[Image – Pew Nguyen on Pexels] [Source – SA News]


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