Matric Rewrite Registration Extended

teachers at a marking centre

Late applications are open for applicants who want to register for the May/June Senior Certificate (SC) and National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

Those interested in registering can visit their nearest Education District Office or register online at by 31 March 2021.

This exam session is available to candidates who registered to write the November 2020 matric exam, but failed to meet the requirements for a certificate. 

Candidates who were unable to write because of medical reasons or family death are also allowed to register for a rewrite. 

This is part of the Second Chance Programme, which was launched in 2016 to give young people an opportunity to get better marks for their final matric exams. 

The dates for the programme are as follows

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

To be registered you will need to submit the following:

  • 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
  • If you have you entered and wrote any other Grade 12 or equivalent examination before you will need to supply the examination numbers for those exams.

“The aim of the project is to offer young people who have failed to meet the requirements to achieve both the national senior certificate and the amended senior certificate. They can have the opportunity to upgrade or improve their results through the second chance programme and thereby be able to improve the quality of their lives by accessing more programmes,” said Dr Sandy Malapile, Director of the Second Chance Programme. 

The programme will benefit learners, as they will get the opportunity to not only receive their matric qualification, but to also learn computer skills and gain access to bursaries, job opportunities and career advice. . 

“The matric qualification is very critical and it’s an absolute necessity for all young people to be able to achieve this qualification." said Dr Malapile.

There are four packages of support that are offered to those hoping to rewrite. 

These packages include:

  1. Face-to face support
  2. Broadcasting programmes
  3. Offline/online content
  4. Print

Candidates preparing to rewrite can watch educational programmes on DSTV, Openview and SABC.


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