Register Now For The Second Chance Matric Programme



If you did not achieve the results you wanted to in the 2023 matric exams, you have the opportunity to rewrite. The support offered through the Second Chance Matric Programme will help you achieve your academic goals. 



The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has recently released the 2023 National Senior Certificate NSC matric results, revealing an overall pass rate of 82.9% for the matric class of 2023

While many learners are happy with results, some individuals may not have achieved their results. These learners are encouraged to consider enrolling for the Second Chance Matric Programme (SCMP).

The SCMP was introduced to support learners who want to rewrite matric subjects and complete their National Senior Certificate. 

The programme helps them to meet the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Senior Certificate (SC) and obtain a Grade 12 matric certificate. The programme is also perfect for adult learners who want to complete their National Senior Certificate.

Support for learners through the Second Chance Matric programme includes face-to-face classes, as well as online programmes and television and radio broadcasts. 

They are also provided with resource packs to assist them in their preparation for matric final exams. The resources are printed and distributed by the Basic Education Department to learners at no cost.

Closing Date For Second Chance Matric Programme

The Second Chance Matric Programme is open for applications now - either at your local district office of your provincial education department or online at Applications for the programme close on the 9th of February 2024.

What's Needed For Second Chance Matric Programme Applications 

  • Identity Document
  • Statement of results or matric certificate 
  • School reports are required for those who left school before matric 

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

Learners must register to write for the examination and attending the second chance programme does not mean that you are automatically registered for the examination. Learners are required to register for a matric exam rewrite. 

Here's The Rewrite Opportunities For Learners 

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) supplementary exams - March
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) progressed learners (learners who wrote the NSC the previous year but did not sit for all 6 subjects) - June
  • Part-time NSC candidates (learners who attempted the NSC examinations post 2015) - November

More information on registration dates and resources is available from the Department of Basic Education.

The Director of the Second Chance Matric programme Dr Sandy Malapile told Vukuzenzele that any learner who previously did not succeed in any matric exams can re-register and re-write.

“Even if learners have previously registered for the programme but still did not succeed, they may register as many times as possible until they are satisfied with their results,” he says. 

Although the programme has no age restrictions, Malapile says learners who are most targeted are those aged 21 and above, with a minimum qualification of grade 9, 10, and 11 as well as those who are in ABET level 4.

Benefits Of The Second Chance Matric Programme

Malapile says the programme has a few benefits for learners.

“It gives the candidates a second opportunity towards achieving matric qualification. Learners also receive an additional certificate and the programme further provides learners with the opportunity to improve their results for higher education,” he says.  

“With an improved matric results, learners have the potential to get admission in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges and Universities. Learners may also qualify for the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) training programmes,” he adds.

Additionally, learners who make use of the programme improve their chances of accessing bursary and job opportunities.


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