Second Chance Matric: Rewriting Your Exams

Matric can be a tough year and not everyone who writes the final paper passes matric on their first try. This is why the Second Chance programme exists. 

Matric is a very important year and most government opportunities often require applicants to have a matric qualification. 

“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 Sandy Malapile, Director of the Second Chance Programme. 

The Second Chance Programme was launched in 2016 to give people an opportunity to get better marks for their final matric 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 Malapile.

The programme offers four packages of support for those hoping to rewrite. 

This includes face-to face support, broadcasting programmes, offline/online content and print. For broadcasting, the department has been working with DSTV, Openview and SABC to make lessons available to learners at home.

Woza Matrics was launched by the department as a way to help matric learners catchup with school content ahead of exams. 

It covers a range of subjects like:

  • Maths
  • Maths Literacy
  • Life Sciences
  • Geography
  • Physical Science
  • Accounting, Economics
  • English First Additional Language
  • History
  • Business Studies.

The programme gives support to candidates hoping to write: 

  • 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 

The Second Chance programme will help learners benefit in many ways, as they will receive their grade 12 matric certificate if they complete the programme successfuly. 

They will also learn computer skills and gain access to bursaries, job opportunities and career advice. . 

 Dr Malapile said the programme is expanding and plans to cater for people with special needs. 



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