Official Matric Exam Release Schedule Released

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The wait has begun for thousands of matric learners. After completing their matric exams during the last few days, they now await the release of their results. 


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The official matric results release schedule has been released by the Department of Basic Education (DBE). This schedule serves as a guide for matric learners who have recently concluded their final school exams, informing them of the anticipated date when they will receive their results.

After the conclusion of the 2023 matric exams candidates now find themselves in the suspenseful wait for the matric results.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is set to declare the final National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam outcomes on Thursday, 18 January 2024. The ministerial announcement will not only reveal pass rates for different provinces but also detail the types of matric passes attained by learners.

Matric Candidates will have to wait until Friday, 19 January 2024, to access their results. These results will be released at the schools or examination centres where the candidates originally took their exams. Alternatively, learners can opt to register online to receive their matric results.

While many candidates may find satisfaction in their results, some might fall short of their expected marks. However, these individuals have the opportunity to enhance their results without picking up a pen. Starting from 19 January 2024, learners can initiate a matric exam re-mark or re-check.

Key Dates For Matric Results

  • Thursday, 18 January 2024 - Ministerial Matric Exams Announcement
  • Friday, 19 January 2024 - Learners receive their results
  • Friday, 19 January 2024 - Re-mark/Re-check applications

For those unfamiliar with the process, a matric recheck involves a thorough review of the exam script to confirm the proper marking of all questions and the accurate calculation of marks. 

Candidates who do not believe that the marks they receive match their] actual performance on written papers can opt for a matric remark, which entails a complete re-evaluation of the original answer script by a different marker.

How to apply for a matric remark/recheck

Application forms can be obtained from the centre where the exam was written. This application can also be done online by following these steps:

  1. Visit The Government’s Official e-Services Portal 
  2. Click on the education icon, which displays a graduation cap 
  3. Select the Basic Education Option. This will cause several options to appear. 
  4. Select Re-Mark/Recheck
  5. Fill out all the required fields in the online application and ensure all the information provided is correct. 
  6. Once satisfied that all the information is correct, accept the terms and conditions by checking the designated box (√).

Minister Motshekga has issued a caution against disruptive behaviour at so-called "pens down" parties, emphasising the importance of support from parents, communities, and caregivers to ensure the safety and well-being of students during the celebratory period. This as learners will have the next month to relax before they receive their results. 

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