It’s not the end of the road if you’re not satisfied with your National Senior Certificate (NSC) results because you can always opt to rewrite one or more papers. In this case, it is important to know how to do a second chance Matric registration for 2024, including the closing date and where to register.
Fortunately, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has outlined all the details on its website so that learners in South Africa can have a second opportunity to achieve satisfactory Matric results. This article summarises these details.
Second chance Matric registration for 2024
To begin your second chance Matric registration for 2024, visit your nearest District education office and ask to apply for the Second Chance Programme. Be sure to have a certified copy of your ID and Matric certificate/statement of results with you.
To check where your nearest District office is, visit the DBE’s Education Districts webpage. It has a list of all the offices for each province together with their contacts, such as telephone number, email address and physical address.
You can also register online via the government’s e-services portal. To start, click the “Education” button (you may need to click it again in the next page that loads). Next, click the “June Registration for Senior Certificate” link.
You will now need to log in using your email and password. If you don’t have an e-services account, click “Register” and follow the prompts (required details include name and surname, ID number, contact details such as email and cellphone number, and address). Once you’re logged in, follow the on-screen prompts to register to rewrite your Matric exams or subjects.
The second chance Matric closing date for registrations is 9 February 2024, according to a recent DBE post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “You may add new subjects to your certificate by writing and passing the exams. The only issue would be getting a School Based Assessment (SBA) mark, which counts between 25%-30% of the final exam mark. There are institutions that assist with the SBAS; your local education district office will be able to advise if there are any such institutions in your area,” the Department said.
It added, “Any NSC candidate (who wrote exams from 2008 November onwards) who wants to improve their overall achievement status, or only wants to improve the achievement of a subject, may register for the NSC June examination.
“Candidates who were absent with a valid reason (medically unfit, death in the immediate family or other special reasons) from one or more external question papers, may register for the NSC June examination, provided they have valid external paper marks (PAT, Oral and SBA).”
For Senior Certificate candidates (i.e., those who matriculated before 2008 or did not finish their matric before 2008), the conditions of entry include a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) or a Grade 9 school report (or the old Standard 7) stating that they have passed Grade 9 or Standard 7). 18 to 21-year-old candidates who have permission from their Heads of Department may register.
Once you have registered, you may visit the DBE’s Second Chance Programme website for resources on all Matric subjects. Click on the subject you wish to improve upon to see a link to its multimedia resources.
These resources may be useful as you study and prepare for your Matric second chance rewrite exams. Good luck!