Writing matric exams comes with a lot of anxiety and pressure, even more so is the long wait to see if you have passed — all of this can be a lot for anyone. Whilst 78.2% of South African youth that wrote matric passed, it is not everyone.

For those that did not have a successful matric as you intended, it is important to know that it is not the end! You worked hard, you did your best, and your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Failure does not mean you are not worthy, or good enough, and should never be something that defines you or stops you from trying again. Rather, it is an opportunity to re-evaluate and see how you can do better. There are many times in life where you will fail and need to put yourself back up again, knowing better and being more determined. It is a learning lesson too.

Next Steps

Although it might feel like a lot right now and you probably have heard it a million times: it is not the end of the world. Here are some options to steer you in the right direction:

  • The first start should be registering for remarking. You can get your papers remarked or rechecked, and all you have to do is register at your school or education district office. You can find out more about this from your school and they should have all the information. Registration for remarking is by 18 January 2019 and the fee: Remark (R105) & Recheck (R25).

  • Supplementary Exams are also an option. Applying for a supplementary exam means you will write your November finals in May and June BUT you need to qualify for them. Registration for supplementary exams is 31 January 2019 and needs supporting documents. You will be able to register online through the Department of Education.

  • The Second Chance Programme, run by the Department of Education is intended to give you the support and resources that you will need to write Matric exams better with loads of help and preparation. With over 50 venues, the programme is available across the country with June or November writing options. The programme has various subjects that you can choose from, including face-face learning, online learning and tele-broadcast learning from your TV.

  • There are exciting opportunities available through learnerships or work-placements and vocational training. South Africa currently has a big shortage of people with artisan skills such as plumbing etc. Whilst many will tell you otherwise, there are great opportunities to make money that come with artisan skills. These skills are constantly in demand with many using them to venture out on their own and start businesses. Beyond an education, one still needs to be able to work. Take this time to also build your work experience and skills that will be coming in handy. Click here to read our article on how to qualify for a Trade test to become an Artisan.

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