Matric rewrite 2021 registration deadline is 26 March – Basic Education department

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The Department of Basic Education has reminded learners that the deadline for Matric rewrite 2021 registration is this Friday, 26 March 2021.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Department said this deadline affects learners who sat for June/November 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC), Senior Certificate (SN) and Adult Education and Training (AETE4) exams.

Matric rewrite 2021 registration

The Department further said learners who wish to get a second chance to improve their Matric results can register for their rewrites at their education district office or via

The Matric rewrites will be held in May/June 2021, giving a chance to learners to improve their marks or complete outstanding subjects.

Learners can only register for subjects which they registered for in the November NSC, the Department said. To register, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Completed registration form.
  • A certified copy of your ID document or birth certificate or passport (foreign candidates).
  • Repeater candidates must attach a copy of their previous highest qualification.
  • Previous examination numbers in case you entered and wrote any other Grade 12 or equivalent examination before.

Furthermore, there are four support packages for candidates wishing to rewrite. These include face-to-face support, broadcast programmes (such as those on DSTV, Openview and SABC), offline/online content and print programmes.

Learners who were absent

Learners who were absent for one or more papers during Matric exams and have a valid reason, such as being medically unfit and death in the immediate family, are also eligible to register for rewrites.

“In the case where a candidate was absent for one or more papers in the November exam with a valid reason, the candidate has the choice to write only the outstanding papers or all the papers,” the Department said.

Learners who have other reasons, such as those affected by investigations into irregularities, can receive provisional approval to sit for June NSC exam pending the outcome of such an investigation.

The Department explained, “Candidates who were unable to write or complete one or more of the NSC November examination question papers for reasons other than illness, injury or death in the family may apply to write the NSC June examination, provided that a written report is submitted by the principal of the school to the head of the assessment body.”

To ensure entry for the NSC June exams, candidates must submit documentary proof substantiating the reason for absenteeism at the centre of registration.

Additionally, they will be required to submit the statement of results for proof of registration. 

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