I Have Just Failed Matric – What Now?

Oh no! You received your Matric results and you found out that you failed. You are probably feeling depressed and hopeless. It seems like your friends are moving  on and you feel like you have been left behind. Failing Matric can really hurt but we are here to tell you that failing Matric is not the end of the world. Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do write Matric over 50% fail. Relax! There are steps you can take to move forward and upward, and continue on to a brighter future.

Figure Out Why You Failed

The first step that you need to take is to determine why you failed your exams. Think about it and be extremely honest with yourself. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I go out on the town or sit around watching TV when I should have been studying?
  • Did I think I was too cool  to study and now I regret it?
  • Did I study hard enough?
  • Did I participate in class throughout the year or did I try to make up everything at the end of the year?
  • Did I think it was going to be easy and I didn’t put the effort in?
  • Did I become frustrated and give up?
  • Was I too sick to write my exams or was there a personal crisis in my life that prevented me from finishing?

Once you have figured out the reason that you failed you can move onto the next step.

What Are My Next Steps?

Now that you have figured out where you went wrong you can take steps to improve your situation. This process is not difficult but it does take a lot of time to do this. So what are your options?

Go Back To School

Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do write Matric over 50% fail. You are not alone. If you absolutely have to get a Matric the only way to do that is to go back to school. You can approach your nearest high school and talk to the principal to find out what options they can offer you. You can also register for an ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) course ABET courses give you a Matric equivalent qualification

Get Your Papers Remarked

You could apply to have your papers remarked.  Remarking is expensive so it’s only recommended if you honestly feel you did better than the mark you got. This means that you will not rewrite your exam but you will ask that it gets marked again. Also be sure to check your local newspapers for the re-marking deadline date and fees.  Students from no-fee schools may not have to pay application fees.

Write A Supplementary Exam

If you have failed less than 3 subjects, you may apply to write supplementary exams.  Deadline date to apply is usually near the end of January.Supplementary exams are FREE! If you need more information you can get hold of the Department of Education via their website or  or phone them on 0800 202 933.

Repeat The Year

If you feel that re-doing your Matric will help you in the long run, then you will need to repeat the year. Talk to the principal of your school to find out how to do this. This way you can rewrite your exams next year and if you have correctly identified why you failed in the first place, you can pass your exams the second time around.

Register For an Adult Based Education and Training Course

If you missed out on your opportunity to get a Matric Certificate, then there are many other options for study. Some of them are promoted as “Matric Equivalent” qualifications. So before you sign up for a Matric Equivalent Qualification, you must make sure you understand how such a qualification compares to a Matric Certificate.There are many institutions that can offer a quality curriculum and assessment in accordance with the regulations of the government. These institutions need to be registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and students need to meet the entrance requirements of the institution.  Contact Umalusi here: to find out which Adult Based Education and Training Institution is best for you.

Register For A Course That Does Not Need A Matric

If you feel like this will take too long, you might be wondering if you can study a course that does not need a Matric. Yes! You can! There is a wide selection of courses that you can study without having to finish Matric. If you are over the age of 16, can read and write in English,  and you have a Grade 10 or Grade 11 certificate then you can register for one of these great courses with Skills Academy and start your studies today.

Last updated: November 8th 2016

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